[cashier games]Queensland records two new cases of Covid-19, after person of interest confirmed positive

  Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Sunday morning one new coronavirus case had been confirmed overnight, along with another infection in hotel quarantine.

  Queensland Health late on Sunday confirmed that the one further case under investigation had returned a positive test and would be included in Monday’s statistics.

  Australia’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Michael Kidd told reporters on Sunday afternoon that Queensland had two new locally acquired cases well before Queensland Health was able to officially confirm it.

  Deputy chief medical officer professor Michael Kidd said Queensland had two newly acquired local cases of Covid-19 on Sunday Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage

  Deputy chief medical officer professor Michael Kidd said Queensland had two newly acquired local cases of Covid-19 on Sunday Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary RamageSource:News Corp Australia

  “The person is a close contact of the Greek Community Centre and will be included in tomorrow’s case numbers,” Queensland Health said in a statement.

  There were also three new close contact exposure sites and one casual contact site released on Sunday evening for venues in Eumundi Noosaville and Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast. Previously released sites can be found here.

  Close contact sites:

  * Eumundi Village Pharmacy 1/2-6 Etheridge St, Eumundi, 5.13pm – 5.16pm, July 1

  * Humdrum Espresso, 100 Memorial Dr, Eumundi, 9.14am – 9.21am, July 2

  * Blended Health Bar, Shop 4/18 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, 10.47am – 10.57am, July 1

  Casual contact site:

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  * Harvey Norman (electrical appliance cashier section), 7/9 Gibson Rd, Noosaville, 10.25am – 10.40am July 1

  Earlier, Ms Palaszczuk said the announcement of just a couple of new cases, was good news for the state and that it appeared the outbreak was “under control at this point in time”.

  She said the initial local case was of the Alpha strain, and not the highly infectious Delta strain.

  “We are very, very relieved about that,” she said.

  The first new case announced on Sunday was detected in a person who had been in home quarantine since July 2 before being admitted to hospital.

  Both new cases have been linked to a Greek community centre in Brisbane’s south.

  Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk lifted a snap lockdown on Saturday night. Picture: John Gass

  Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk lifted a snap lockdown on Saturday night. Picture: John GassSource:News Corp Australia

  Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said the cases were part of an “ongoing” cluster that spread from a Portuguese restaurant to the Greek centre.

  She said earlier on Sunday that the then-unconfirmed case was a close contact of a positive case from the centre.

  “There is another person of interest that I am doing further testing on, another close contact from the Greek community centre,” she said.

  “So just working through whether or not that is a case. Ultimately, this is good. These are Alpha cases, we know they are linked directly to the outbreak that we have going on.”

  She said it appeared the Delta variant of the virus had been stopped in its tracks as it had not been found in any new cases despite significant testing.

  Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young urged people to continue wearing a mask. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Tertius Pickard

  Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young urged people to continue wearing a mask. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Tertius PickardSource:News Corp Australia

  Dr Young said it was important for Queenslanders to continue wearing masks while in indoor venues and when they couldn’t socially distance for the next 12 days.

  “I just want to summarise it that it is reassuring that it looks like we just had the one outbreak that we need to continue to closely manage,” she said.

  “We have done this before, we have managed alpha outbreaks very effectively before, we can continue to manage this one.”

  A four-day lockdown was lifted in the Brisbane and the Moreton Bay areas at 6pm on Saturday despite the state recording five news cases of community transmission.

  Ms Palaszczuk on Saturday said Queensland was “not out of the woods” but authorities were confident they had a grasp on the outbreak.

  The lockdown, which also affected Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island, was sparked when a Brisbane hospital worker tested positive for the virus.

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