Source of Queensland’s latest coronavirus case yet to be tracked down


One new case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Queensland overnight, but authorities are yet to confirm the source, the Health Minister says.

There are now 53 active cases of COVID-19 in the state with the majority concentrated in South East Queensland. 976 patients have recovered.

“The new case is in the southern suburbs of Brisbane and contact tracing is underway,” Steven Miles said.

“Our team from the Metro South public health unit are working with that individual right now to identify how they may have come in contact with the virus.” Mr Miles said.

“It’s not as straightforward as some of the others, so it’s not as simple for us to supply that information right away.”

He said the Government hoped to have more information by tomorrow.

“Just one more case [and] very, very low numbers as we aimed to do, we have flattened that curve quite dramatically,” Mr Miles said.

“Forty-six of the active cases are in the south-east.

“In Cairns, there’s four active cases, Townsville [has] two active cases, Wide Bay [has] just one, and the other regions have no active cases, which is just fantastic news for so many regions of Queensland.”

Nine people remain in hospital, with four of those in intensive care.

‘Victims of our own success’

Thousands of COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Queensland this week, but the Health Minister says there are not enough sick people to be able to increase those numbers.

“The challenge is that with very low levels of COVID-19 infection, very low levels of the flu, there’s actually a very small number of Queenslanders with any respiratory symptoms making them eligible to be tested,” he said.

“It’s a very fortunate position to be in but in some ways, in terms of our testing rate, it means we’re the victims of our own success.

“There’s only so many people out there that we can test.

“We do want to continue to expand testing … so we can have a high level of confidence that we’re picking up a large proportion of our cases.”

Mr Miles said he was told by the Chief Health Officer last week that COVID-19 cases were higher than flu cases.

“Very few Queenslanders are suffering from those kind of viruses that are spread between [each other], thanks to social distancing,” he said.

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