No local Qld cases, but truckie positive

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Queensland has recorded no local cases of COVID-19 two days after a man tested positive on the Gold Coast, and a second man may have been infectious in Brisbane earlier this week.

© Jono Searle/AAP PHOTOS Dr Young says there has been a second man, a Victorian truckdriver, infectious in the Qld community.

The Broadbeach man in his 30s, who is unvaccinated, tested positive on Wednesday night after being infectious for more than 10 days.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says no new COVID-19 cases have emerged in the community after 6330 tests in the 24 hours to 6.30am on Friday.

“In good news today, zero community cases. Once again, Queensland fantastic effort,” she told reporters.

However, Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said a truck driver who tested positive in Victoria on Wednesday was infectious while in Brisbane for two days on Monday and Tuesday.

Queensland Health has already listed exposure sites linked to the driver, who had had one dose of a vaccine, including a cinema in Stafford and venues in Archerfield and Acacia Ridge.

“It is really important, we know we can get virus in our community at any point in time, so the protection to that is to just get vaccinated. We don’t know when we will have our next case,” Dr Young said.

“This truck driver had had one dose of the vaccine on the 1st of October but that is not sufficient to stop someone spreading the virus.”

The Gold Coast man travelled to Queensland from Victoria on October 10 and is believed to have acquired the virus in Melbourne the previous day.

He’s been too ill to communicate with health workers, making contact tracing difficult for authorities.

Dr Young said the man has been put on high-flow oxygen and is  likely to be put into intensive care within the next 23 hours.

“That is terrible. He is a very young, fit man who was not vaccinated and he is now extremely sick,” the CHO said.

“The best thing we can all do to protect ourselves is to get vaccinated so we don’t end up in that situation.”

The man had not used a QR code to check-in at multiple venues since September 18.

Initial concerns over the man’s occupation as an Uber driver were eased as he hadn’t driven for the ride-sharing app since September 19, Uber confirmed on Thursday.

Ms Palaszczuk ruled out a potential local lockdown on Thursday due to the Gold Coast’s high vaccination rates.

Police are investigating how the man entered the state from a hotspot amid reports he had been turned back at the border twice.

Queensland recorded five new cases of COVID-19 in hotel quarantine in the 24 hours to 6.30am on Friday.

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