COVID concerns for Toowoomba, Hervey Bay

Toowoomba, Hervey Bay and Gladstone face fresh COVID concerns

Coronavirus
The NT has declared Toowoomba a hotspot after a group visited a Brisbane exposure site.

The NT has declared Toowoomba a hotspot after a group visited a Brisbane exposure site.

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"I don't think it matters whether you're in Gladstone or Toowoomba or Gold Coast - it's anywhere in Queensland, because people have been very, very mobile since March 20."

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Queensland has recorded ten new cases of coronavirus overnight, with eight cases considered community transmission.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed that there are now two seperate clusters being investigated, both from health care workers at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

One cluster originates from the doctor who tested positive at the beginning of March, the second cluster originates from a nurse who also works at the PA Hospital.

Six of the eight new cases have been identified as belonging to either cluster, the remaining two are under investigation.

One of the new cases was in Hervey Bay and linked to the second nurse cluster, with contact tracing underway to examine if there are any exposure sites in the region.

The Northern Territory has listed Toowoomba as a hotspot after a group visited an exposure site before returning to the region.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said none of the group tested positive but she understands why the the Northern Territory Chief Health Officer made the decision.

"We've not had any positive cases among that group, but they were at one of the venues of concern. That's why the Chief Health Officer in the Northern Territory gave that advice to his government," she said.

"it's just being ultra cautious and you would always know - I'm always ultra cautious. He is as well and he has even more cause for concern given the make-up of his communities in the Northern Territory. So it doesn't actually mean that I'm particularly concerned about Toowoomba, but it's an area we're looking at, as we are the entire state."

Dr Young cited the amount of movement across Queensland and has called for everyone to be vigilant.

"I don't think it matters whether you're in Gladstone or Toowoomba or Gold Coast - it's anywhere in Queensland, because people have been very, very mobile since March 20," Dr Young said.

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