Three new community cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Brisbane, linked to a woman who tested positive after leaving hotel quarantine.
One of the new cases on Thursday is a man who was at the Brisbane Portuguese Family Centre in Ellen Grove at the same time as the woman on Saturday.
The patient has identified himself to media as Carlos Almeida, the president of the centre.
Two more close contacts of the woman, a flight attendant who flew in from Portugal, have also been confirmed positive.
They were with her as she was “out and about” in Brisbane on the weekend, before her positive test was returned, according to Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young.
Earlier this week, a man in his 60s who was also at the Portuguese Family Centre tested positive.
That means the cluster linked to the woman – a flight attendant who flew in from Portugal – is now at least five cases.
However Young believes the situation is under control, given that anyone potentially exposed to COVID by the woman was “rapidly” placed into isolation.
“I’m not concerned that any of these three cases were a risk to the Queensland community,” she said on Thursday.
“And I’m not concerned with that outbreak, in that we do have everyone in quarantine who we believe was at risk.”
Others who were at the Portuguese centre – 36 in all – are continuing to isolate and are being carefully monitored.
Young earlier revealed the flight attendant was infected by a hotel quarantine worker who escorted a COVID-positive guest to an ambulance and then went to the attendant’s room to swab her.
Late on Wednesday, Young closed the Queensland border to all of Greater Sydney amid a concerning outbreak of at least 31 cases across the city.
She said it was possible she would shut the border to the entire state of New South Wales if the outbreak spreads.
– With AAP