Gold Coast as test case for next phase of pandemic

While Annastacia Palaszczuk warned that restrictions could be imposed, infectious disease expert Paul Griffin said the region “certainly” won’t face a lockdown in light of vaccination coverage. do if a Covid-19 case visits a site once vaccination thresholds have been reached. Deep cleanses can still be ordered and vaccinated close contacts may need to be isolated, but measures will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Two new locally acquired cases were registered in Queensland on Thursday, including one “concerning” unrelated case on the Gold Coast. The fully vaccinated man in his 50s worked as an Uber driver and may have been contagious in the community for three days. The second case was a teenage girl from Beaudesert who is in close contact with a confirmed case from the Moree cluster. She tested positive in home quarantine after a “few days” of infectious in Beaudesert and half a day in Warwick. The prime minister said that if the Gold Coast registers more unpaired cases in the next 24 to 48 hours, restrictions could be put in place. Authorities were also still trying to pinpoint the origin of the Gold Coast case announced Wednesday. Acting chief health officer Peter Aitken said the Uber driver “had done everything right”. “I would strongly encourage those on the Gold Coast to wear a mask where they can’t social distancing,” he said. dr. Aitken said he was concerned about this week’s Gold Coast cases, while urging people to get tested early. When asked whether the Gold Coast was at risk of a new lockdown, the prime minister said no at this time. “Let’s see how we go in the next 24 to 48 hours… the good news is that the man – the uber driver – is fully vaccinated… so less chance of him being transferred,” she said. Ms Palaszczuk urged everyone with symptoms and getting the shot if they hadn’t already. Dr Griffin said the Gold Coast “certainly” wouldn’t have to deal with a lockdown. “I don’t think masks at first lockdown, and perhaps site restrictions, causing those caps to return at weddings and funerals,” he said. Meanwhile, a Queensland Health spokeswoman said authorities would continue to assess any risk even once vaccination milestones were reached. in a location, we will continue to respond based on the risk,” she said. “This may mean alerting the public to exposure sites, isolating close contacts and testing e n infection control measures should be implemented, such as ordering deep cleans of premises where necessary.” The government is still working on details on how the check-in app will store and present vaccination certificates.

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