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Queensland’s first COVID-19 case in 113 days – an inner Brisbane quarantine hotel cleaner – has tested positive to the virus’ highly infectious UK variant.

Queensland’s first COVID-19 case in 113 days – an inner Brisbane quarantine hotel cleaner – has tested positive to the virus’ highly infectious UK variant. 
 
 
 
 The Queensland Government confirmed the news tonight.
The woman, who is in her 20s and lives in Algester in the capital’s south, developed symptoms yesterday and got tested – though health authorities believe she has been infectious since January 2.
She’d worked one shift as a casual quarantine cleaner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, in Leichardt St in Brisbane’s CBD on January 2 and took trains to and from work.
Aged care facilities across Greater Brisbane have now been placed into lockdown and visits to hospitals and disability accommodation banned.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has urged anyone in Sunnybank Hills, Calamvale and Algester to get tested if they have symptoms.
The news comes hours after an elderly woman in Western Australia – who returned from the UK and is now in the Royal Perth Hospital – also was confirmed to have the new “mutant” strain.
The patient in question is at the centre of three Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocol breaches by an airport worker, a nurse and a paramedic. 
However, the WA Government has moved to reassure the community the incidents don’t pose a threat to public safety.
The new virus variant is “much more transmissable”, epidemiology professor Tony Blakely told ABC Radio on Tuesday. 
“So not only is it a threat if it gets in (to Australia), but it’s more likely to get in than previous versions of the virus on a traveller,” Professor Blakely said. 
WA’s Premier Mark McGowan told reporters today he was “extremely disappointed” to learn of the breaches.
“I was shocked. This was an event that I was exasperated and flabbergasted by and I advised health of that,” he said.
“Clearly there is complacency and mistakes are creeping in.”
Meanwhile, NSW and Victoria recorded astonishing coronavirus results this morning from a massive amount of tests.
Both states have recorded zero new cases from a combined total of roughly 65,000 tests in yesterday’s reporting period.
In further good news, the mystery case that sparked concern in Victoria yesterday has been linked back to the outbreak on Sydney’s northern beaches.
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6:47 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
A Brisbane hotel quarantine cleaner – who today became Queensland’s first local COVID-19 case in 113 days – has also tested positive to the highly infectious UK variant.
The Queensland Government confirmed the news tonight.
The woman, who is in her 20s and lives in Algester in the capital’s south, developed symptoms yesterday and got tested – though health authorities believe she has been infectious since January 2.
She’d worked one shift as a casual quarantine cleaner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, in Leichardt St in Brisbane’s CBD on January 2 and took trains to and from work.
Aged care facilities across Greater Brisbane have now been placed into lockdown and visits to hospitals and disability accommodation banned.
5:17 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services have updated the list of exposure sites in the state today.
If you’ve visited any on the following venues at the listed time/date, you must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure:

  • Merrymen Cafe, 2 Small St, Hampton on Monday, December 28 between 12:50pm and 2:40pm.
  • Woodlands Golf Club (club bar), 109 White St, Mordialloc on Monday, December 28 between 4:40pm and 5:15pm.

If you’ve visited any on the following venues at the listed time/date, you must get tested immediately and quarantine until you receive a negative result:

  • Coles Hallam, 2 Princes Domain Dr on Wednesday, December 30 between 6:15am and 6:30am.
  • Costco Moorabbin, 8 Chifley Dr, Moorabbin Airport on Wednesday, December 30 between 10:45am and 12:15pm.
  • Woolworths Southland,1239 Nepean Hwy,Cheltenham on Thursday, December 31 between 6pm and 6:30pm.
  • Wonthaggi Plaza, 2 Biggs Dr, Wonthaggi on Monday, December 28 between 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

4:53 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
An elderly woman in Western Australia who returned from the UK and is now in the Royal Perth Hospital has been confirmed to have the new UK variant strain of COVID-19.
This is particularly concerning news considering the patient in question is at the centre of three Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocol breaches by an airport worker, a nurse and a paramedic.
However, the WA Government has moved to reassure the community the incidents don’t pose a threat to public safety.
WA’s Premier Mark McGowan told reporters today he was “extremely disappointed” to learn of the breaches.
“I was shocked. This was an event that I was exasperated and flabbergasted by and I advised health of that,” he said.
“Clearly there is complacency and mistakes are creeping in.
“I would just urge our health workforce, our security workforce, our cleaning workforce to continue to adhere to your training, continue to listen to the advice.”
4:38 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
New public health alerts have been issued to venues in Avalon (in Sydney’s northern beaches) and Wentworthville (in the city’s west), after they were visited by confirmed cases of COVID-19.
If you visited the following places at the listed times, get tested immediately and isolate until you have received a negative result:

  • ChemSave Day & Night Pharmacy, Shop B/86-96 Station St, Wentworthville on Sunday, January 3 between 10:40am and 10:50am and 9:30pm and 9:40pm.
  • Woolworths, 74 Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon on Saturday, January 2 between 3:45pm and 4pm; Sunday, January 3 between 12:45pm and 1pm; Monday, January 4 between 6:30pm and 6:50pm; Tuesday, January 5 between 4:45pm and 5pm or on Wednesday, January 6 between 12:45pm and 1pm.
  • Chemist Warehouse, 4/74 Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon on Sunday, January 3 between 1pm and 1:15pm.

4:22 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
Queensland virologist Professor Nigel McMillan has warned that a move in the UK to extend the time between COVID-19 vaccine doses from three weeks to 12 could compromise the vaccine’s global effectiveness.
Speaking to the ABC, the program director at Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute said it’s “a recipe for disaster in terms of partial immunity and will allow the virus to experience the vaccine and potentially escape”.
“So I think this is a rather foolish idea and really something that the UK authorities shouldn’t be doing,” he said.
“The decision by the UK is something that will affect the rest of the world.
“This allows the virus to grow in partially vaccinated people and potentially mutate and so this could spread around the world with vaccine-resistant strains of coronavirus.”
4:12 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
By Angie Raphael, NCA NewsWire
An ACT politician has apologised for “unwittingly” breaching WA’s hard border rules by visiting NSW days before travelling west to visit his mother.
WA has a hard border in place with NSW following a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney’s northern beaches that means anyone who has recently been in the eastern state needs an exemption to enter WA.
Two days ago, on Monday 4 January, I flew to Western Australia to visit my mum who lives in regional WA.
This…
Posted by Mark Parton MLA on Wednesday, January 6, 2021
ACT Liberal MP Mark Parton admitted he spent some time in NSW before he flew to Perth on Monday to see his mum, who lives in regional WA.
In a social media post, Mr Parton said he felt “pretty stupid” and was “very sorry for this oversight”.
Read the full story here.
4:08 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
Service NSW has apologised after an “unexpected outage” this afternoon led to some users being unable to check into venues via their mobile phone app.
The outage, which lasted for two hours and has now been resolved, prevented some customers from checking in with the COVID Safe Check-in tool, a statement from the department said.
“It is vital that customer contact details are still collected digitally. In the event of an outage, customers and businesses are encouraged to use the Service NSW check-in webform for all check-ins,” it read.
“Customers can access the webform by scanning the QR Code or businesses can display the Check-in webform on their own devices for customers to use.
“Alternatively the customer record can be in the form of a spreadsheet or any other form of digital entry that can track customer check-ins and protects the privacy of your clientele.
“Service NSW apologises for any inconvenience caused by the outage and thanks customers for their understanding during this time.”
4:01 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
NSW Police doled out 12 fines yesterday to people not complying with mask-wearing measures, including to a man who was fined twice in the space of 48 hours.
The man was first fined $200 on Tuesday, after he told police he didn’t own one and did not intend to rectify the situation.
When police spoke to him for the same reason yesterday, he allegedly swore at them, said he didn’t wear masks, and was handed a second $200 fine.
Another man, 54, was fined at the Glenfield train station in Sydney’s west after telling officers he couldn’t wear a mask because of his beard.
Police also issued more than 50 warnings to people breaching NSW’ public health order – which requires residents in greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong) to wear masks in a number of indoor settings.
3:36 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
The border between Western Australia and Queensland will remain open for now, despite the latter state reporting its first case of local transmission in almost four months today.
Under WA’s current border policy, the Sunshine State could lose its “very low risk” status – enabling quarantine-free travel – if even one infection in the community is reported.
Picture: Trevor Collens/The West Australian
Premier Mark McGowan told reporters today he had not yet been advised of any community spread, but would seek the latest health advice “and see whether there is a problem and whether we need to do anything about it”.
“Obviously one case is different to five or 10 cases, we will see exactly what has occurred there,” Mr McGowan said.
3:25 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
By Darren Cartwright, NCA NewsWire
Queensland’s chief health officer will not bow to any pressure from Cricket Australia or the touring Indian team to change “bubble” requirements for the upcoming Gabba test.
Speculation is mounting that the Indian team is displeased with being made to operate within a “bubble” for the fourth Test at the Gabba on January 15.
Picture: Jono Searle/Getty Images
The Indian side took the field for the opening day of the third Test at the SCG on Thursday.
Rumours of their discontent come as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk banned residents from greater Sydney entering the state until February.
Read the full story here.