Published: Tue, March 30, 2021
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Coast hospital treating eight people with COVID-19

Coast hospital treating eight people with COVID-19

"We'll just have to see how many cases we have and whether or not they're linked, and whether or not they're in quarantine at the time that they're diagnosed".

Neighbouring New South Wales (NSW) state, Australia's most populous, is also on alert after two of the Queensland cases, a nurse and her sister, travelled while infectious to Byron Bay, a tourist town just south of the Queensland border and home to Hollywood A-listers such as Chris Hemsworth.

It comes as two new cases were announced overnight, connected to a nurse who worked in the COVID unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

"The initial two gentlemen and now a brother of one of those we think could be the link between (this cluster and) the Princess Alexandra Hospital doctor who was infectious two weeks ago", Dr Young said.

It's understood the drastic move was made after at least one more healthcare worker at the major hospital tested positive to Covid.

The person visited the private maternity section as well as a nearby coffee shop popular with staff.

Ms Palaszczuk said those who had tested positive had been out in the community, making the job of contract-tracing a huge one.

Another eight coronavirus cases emerged on Tuesday, with two clusters triggering concern the Greater Brisbane lockdown may be expanded and extended. "But I want to say the situation is evolving and if cases are identified in New South Wales, we will have to respond", the Premier said.

Brisbane lockdown

The department did not say when the new cases were detected or when they were taken to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

There are now more than 60 potential virus exposure sites across Greater Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Gladstone, Hervey Bay and Gin Gin. "Do we expect to see more cases?"

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has left open the door to expand the lockdown to other regions.

As of 5:00pm Monday, people in five local government areas that make up Greater Brisbane - Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton and Redlands - are under strict stay-at-home orders under the snap three-day lockdown.

It comes after Greater Brisbane was declared a hotspot for the objective of commonwealth support as Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly warns travellers to stay up to date with border closures.

Working on the COVID frontline at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, Dr Griffin said he backs the idea that lockdowns are an "effective way" of controlling outbreaks.

Under the new rules, any health worker who has not completed their vaccine schedule will not be allowed to work with COVID patients.

'It stands to reason that maybe if these staff had been vaccinated (or) not been treating COVID-positive cases, then we might not be in a lockdown, ' shadow health minister Ros Bates said.

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