COVID-19

Calls to postpone NRL grand final

A guesthouse in South Brisbane is under police guard in response to an infected truck driver staying at the hostel just hours after another mystery infection was announced. The driver was infectious in the community for a week, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Tuesday.The situation at Adalong Guesthouse comes after a male aviation worker was confirmed on Monday night as a new infection, which subsequently spread to his wife.The new cases plunged doubt on the marquee NRL event, scheduled to be played on Sunday night, which epidemiologist Professor Mary-Louise McLaws warned could be a “superspreader” event.The leading expert said Queensland’s languishing vaccine rate would leave the state vulnerable to widespread infection.“I would postpone it or stop it, stop people from attending it because it really is a flashpoint,” she told Channel 9’s Today on Tuesday morning.“We saw the same sort of thing in Melbourne as well.“They have done so much work in places like Queensland to keep it out but this may be a tipping point for it to get into their community while they are trying to get the vaccines up. “Yes, it is an important event, but weighing it as an outbreak manager, you would be saying ‘why risk this?’”Despite the Covid threat, Ms Palaszczuk said there were no plans yet to move the grand final from Brisbane.“When my phone rings, I’ll be updating people, but there is no concern at the moment,” she said.The fears at the student guesthouse in South Brisbane is separate to the case reported on Monday night in the city’s north, forcing more than a dozen people into isolation.Following revelations of the new infection on Monday night, parents from the Mother Duck Childcare and Kindergarten in Eatons Hill were urged to get tested after the facility was listed as a casual contact venue, while a McDonald’s drive through in Albany Creek was listed as low risk.Health authorities were most concerned about a retail store in Rocklea, Seats ‘R’ Us, which was listed as close contact venue.Anyone who visited the shop on Friday between 11.15am and 11.45am is ordered to get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days regardless of a test result.Health authorities are scrambling to trace the first infection revealed on Monday night, a man in his 30s who works in the aviation industry but had not travelled interstate or overseas recently, creating a mystery for contact tracers.“We urge all Queenslanders to check the contact tracing website and follow the health advice if you’ve been to any of these locations,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk posted to Facebook on Monday night.These are the exposure sites:Close contact:Seats ‘R’ Us, 1/1620 Ipswich Rd, Rocklea, Friday September 24, 11.15am – 11.45amCasual contact:Mother Duck Childcare and Kindergarten, Eatons Hill, 6-12 Bunya Park Dr, Thursday September 23, 7.25am – 8amFreedom Furniture, 815 Zillmere Rd, Aspley, Friday September 24, 4.40pm – 5pmLow risk:McDonald’s drive thru, 768 Albany Creek Rd, Albany Creek, Friday, September 24, 5.05am – 5.10amStay up to date with the latest venues of concern at Queensland Health here.

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