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COVID-19: Three new community cases

Queensland has recorded three new Covid-19 community cases all linked to the woman from Portugal.

One is a 62-year-old man who is the manager of the restaurant at Brisbane Portuguese Family Centre at Ellen Grove.

He is now in home quarantine.

The other two were travelling with the flight attendant when she was out in Brisbane on Sunday.

They are both in hotel quarantine.

There was one further case, an overseas traveller, already in hotel quarantine.

 

Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young thanked the manager of the Ellen Grove restaurant for his help.

"Due to his co-operation and work he has done we were able to get all of the people who attended that restaurant rapidly into quarantine," she says.

"So I’m not concerned about any of these three cases are a risk to the Queensland community.".

Deputy Premier Steven Miles also issued a stern warning to Sydneysiders thinking of making a trip to Queensland to rethink their holiday plans given the seriousness of the outbreak in New South Wales.

“This outbreak really could test all of our systems and everything we have developed over this pandemic,” he says

“Police have been meeting flights at our airports this morning and turning people around.

“We would like to send a message to anyone from Sydney who is thinking of coming up to Queensland - please don’t.”

Mr Miles urged Queenslanders attending the State of Origin to consider staying overnight at hotel accommodation with cancellations from interstate expected ahead of Sunday’s blockbuster game.

“We know in the Gold and Sunshine Coasts for example 20-25 per cent of bookings for the weekend and school holidays could well be cancelled,” he says

“That is a chance for Queenslanders to who have not yet booked their holidays to please consider the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.”

 

From 1am on Thursday, travellers from Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will be barred from entering the state, unless they have an exemption.

Queenslanders returning from those areas will be placed in hotel quarantine for 14 days.