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Queensland avoids lockdown, recording one new case

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Queenslanders have avoided lockdown despite recording another community Covid case, but authorities warn high testing rates over the next two days will be critical in dodging stay-at-home orders.

The new case is a man in his 50s who lives on the Gold Coast and is fully vaccinated. He is a close contact of the aviation training worker who tested positive yesterday.

There is another community case that will not be included in the state’s tally as they are a truck driver who travelled from New South Wales to the Gold Coast.

Queenslanders were sent into panic over the chance of another lockdown after four community cases were confirmed yesterday.

However, mask rules will be tightened on the Gold Coast and hospitals and aged care homes will ban visitors for two weeks.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath warns high level of testing and vaccination rates is the only way to avoid being plunged into another lockdown.

“The message is clear today...anyone from south east Queensland or who has travelled in that area, please no matter how minor the symptoms, get tested,” Ms D’Ath says.

“We know the virus is on our doorstep… we have been saying this for sometime now.”

[Listen to the Health Minister give today's coronavirus update]

Genomic testing has revealed the latest clusters in Queensland are not linked to the recent outbreaks and are connected to interstate and overseas cases.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says there are now 18 active cases and more cases of community transmission could trigger a lockdown.

“This is not a continuation of the previous outbreaks – these are brand new outbreaks.

“Both cases are delta and neither have clustered in any cases in Queensland.

“We know masks have made a difference – we are asking for a high level of compliance.”

At this stage, the NRL grand final will go ahead as scheduled at Suncorp Stadium despite the latest COVID-19 outbreaks in Brisbane.

The South Sydney-Penrith clash will mark the first decider to be held outside of Sydney. The match will move to Townsville, if the game can’t be played in Brisbane.