Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young.
Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young.

One new QLD virus case amid fears of cluster spreading

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed the state recorded one new case of coronavirus overnight.

She told media the person was a close contact of someone who had tested positive. 

The state now has 27 active cases of coronavirus. Almost 900,000 tests have taken place. 

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the infected person was only in the community for two days.

"This is really the best we can hope for," he said.

There are now 27 active cases in Queensland.

All tests undertaken at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre have come back negative.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was very positive news.

More than 6800 tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours.

The new case comes as authorities expressed fear that a COVID-19 cluster on Brisbane's southside would get worse this week, with infectious people spending "101 days" in the community while they had the virus, Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has warned.

The bleak outlook comes after four new cases were linked to the Queensland Corrective Services Academy on Sunday - sending the Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre and Staines Memorial College at Redbank Plains into lockdown.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young is warning more COVID-19 cases linked to a cluster on Brisbane’s southside are likely. Picture: Attila Csaszar
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young is warning more COVID-19 cases linked to a cluster on Brisbane’s southside are likely. Picture: Attila Csaszar

A child at the preschool and a student at the school - known contacts to positive cases - have tested positive to the virus.

Staines Memorial College has undergone deep cleaning and is expected to remain closed today after the senior student was infected.

Dr Young said Queensland Health was working to determine when the student was at school and who he was in contact with. There are no plans to introduce restrictions on educational facilities.

There are 28 active COVID-19 cases across the state and more are expected this week due to the time people spent in the community before testing positive.

"We added up all of the days in the last 14 when known cases had been out in the community while infectious," Dr Young said.

"We have now had over 101 days (worth) of infectious people out in our community in the last 14 days. That means there have been those 101 opportunities for people to get infected, so we know that we will see more cases."

Dr Young said it was vital people were social distancing, following COVID-safe plans and getting tested if sick.

"This is the time to get out those flat surgical masks … or if you've made masks with three layers of thickness," she said.

Dr Young said the mandatory wearing of masks would not be implemented "for a while", but acknowledged there may be a time. "I'm not confident the cluster is completely contained," she said.

In the 24 hours to Sunday morning, 10,558 people were tested for COVID, taking the total number of tests during this latest outbreak to 131,186.

One case travelled to Toowoomba, prompting the southeast's gathering restrictions to be expanded to the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service region.

From today, the South Burnett, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Western Downs local government areas will be restricted to 10 people at homes and in public places. The restrictions do not apply to commercial venues operating with a COVID-safe plan.

"If you're in a taxi, or a ride share or on public transport, that's a time to wear a mask," Dr Young said.

"And public transport, if you can't socially distance there, wear a mask.

"A lot of people are still very, very effectively working from home and that is excellent - continue doing that. If you can effectively work from home, then do that. If you can't, there is nothing to stop you going to work."

Originally published as Grim warning: COVID infected spent 101 days in community