A family at the center of a coronavirus scare on the Gold Coast has tested negative for the virus, a school principal has told parents in a letter.
The family was quarantined at the hotel, with some feeling unwell after reportedly returning from Melbourne without being quarantined.
Separately, the Queensland Government reported a new locally acquired case of Covid-19, a truck driver now located in NSW.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the driver, who lives in Windaroo, had a positive result on 10,433 virus tests in the 24 hours to 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the driver, who lives in Windaroo, had a positive result under 10,433 virus tests in the 24 hours to 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.
The 46-year-old man was contagious in the community in Logan and the northern Gold Coast between August 28 and September 1.
He is the second truck driver to test positive in as many days.
“We are contacting him to find out where he has been in Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk told parliament on Friday.
“This is in addition to the truck driver reported yesterday.”
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said a Gold Coast family of five had to be placed in hotel quarantine after the children told their classmates they had been to Melbourne.
She said there are early indications that the family returned to the state undetected via a domestic route without going into hotel quarantine.
Some family members were unwell with symptoms and the situation was complicated by an initial refusal to cooperate with health authorities and contact tracers.
The school, the Australian International Islamic College in Carrara, sent all students home on Thursday
“Some relatives are unwell but we don’t know if it’s Covid (so) we have to treat it like it is,” Ms D’Ath told parliament.
The school, the Australian International Islamic College in Carrara, sent all students home on Thursday.
“I’ve had to request that all children attending the same school be quarantined until we can get a test result from these two children,” Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said on Thursday.
Late on Thursday afternoon, health authorities had confirmed that all family members had been tested.
Late Thursday, the school’s principal, Christine Harman, said she had been informed the results were negative for all family members.
“Following consultations with Queensland Health, they have determined that there is no risk of exposure on our Carrara campus and that the need for students and staff to isolate has been lifted,” she said in a statement.
Ms Palaszczuk awaits further modeling of what will happen to unvaccinated 0 to 12 year olds as borders reopen as vaccination rates rise
The first truck driver tested positive in NSW after being contagious in Queensland last Thursday.
He visited gas stations in Archerfield in southern Brisbane, Goondawindi and Bundamba, near Ipswich, on 26 August.
He later tested positive when he returned to NSW, and the Queensland authorities are trying to track down anyone who may have come into contact with him.
In the latest Covid-19 case, the Queensland border has been closed to NSW to all workers except essential workers who have had at least one vaccine.
Ms Palaszczuk is waiting for further modeling of what will happen to unvaccinated 0 to 12 year olds as borders reopen as vaccination coverage increases.
“If I understand correctly, the Prime Minister has promised to do some more work,” she told parliament.
Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg previously urged prime ministers not to delay opening.
My message to Prime Ministers and Prime Ministers is very clear: don’t delay the inevitable. You have to learn to live with Covid. Covid may come to your state in a week, it could be a month, it could be a little after that. But the reality is we can’t eliminate the virus,” he told Nine’s Today program on Thursday.
Just under 52 percent of eligible Queensland residents have had one vaccine and 32.28 percent are fully vaccinated.