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Qld waits for virus case contact-tracing

He’s currently on a job in NSW, but Queensland Health added new exposure sites at a shopping centre and a nail salon at Beenleigh near Logan on Thursday night.

It’s unclear whether those sites were visited by a truck driver or another positive case in his household.

Former federal public servant Jane Halton, who chairs the global Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness, says it’s possible the case could lead to a wider outbreak.

“We know in Victoria, where they literally closed down the whole state when they had about one case, we still have seen it get away,” she told Nine Network on Friday.

“We do have to brace ourselves for what could be a tricky situation coming forward in Queensland – five days is a long time to be in the community infectious.”

Ms Halton, who also sits on a federal government COVID-19 advisory board, said she was surprised Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young hadn’t ordered a lockdown.

“I am a little surprised but we are not privy to all the information about where this gentleman has been and how worried they are, but I do think the usual things we say to people at a time like this is monitor for symptoms, get tested, etcetera,” she said.

“It is worth reminding everybody that they need to think that through quite carefully but I’m a little surprised, actually.”

Meanwhile, a Gold Coast family of five who allegedly illegally entered the state from Victoria via NSW without quarantining have all tested negative for the virus.

Two of the family’s three children who attend a Gold Coast school spoke about returning for Melbourne without quarantining, sending authorities scrambling to isolate other students and staff.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the family, who were ordered into hotel quarantine and initially refused to get tested, are now cooperating with the investigation into their trip.

“So there has been, you know, good progress for the last day or so, but if action needs to be taken it certainly will be,” she told ABC Radio.

Authorities are also tracing anyone who came into contact with a NSW truck driver who tested positive in NSW but visited Archerfield in Brisbane, Bundamba and a Goondawindi service station while infectious with COVID-19 on August 26.

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