Genomic testing has confirmed Queensland’s latest locally-acquired COVID-19 case is the wildly infectious UK strain linked to the Princess Alexandra Hospital cluster announced on March 12.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the news, with the Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young saying it is likely that there was one unidentified intermediary who had passed the virus onto today’s positive case.
The newest case is a 26-year-old man from Stafford in Brisbane, who returned a positive test result yesterday.
Today new testing revealed he has the B117 variant of coronavirus, colloquially known as the UK variant.
The man, who is a landscaper, has been infectious in the community since last Friday.
“We will know more in the next 24 hours, but in the meantime, those identified as visiting the locations in today’s Public Health Alert should immediately get tested and isolate until you receive your results. Additionally, anyone identified as a close contact will be contacted by the Public Health Unit and required to quarantine,” Dr Young said.