Queensland records no new coronavirus cases overnight

Queensland has recorded zero new cases of coronavirus overnight, leaving the state’s total number of cases at 1,106.

More than 8,000 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

It comes as the state’s Chief Health Officer, Jeannette Young, said early genome sequencing indicated the cluster of coronavirus cases at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre could be linked to one of the women who returned from Melbourne earlier this year.

“It looks like this cluster has the same viral strain as one of the young women who went down to Melbourne,” Dr Young said.

“I need more information, which is being done over the next 24 – 48 hours to be able to prove it.

“But at this estimate, it does look like they could be linked.”

Health Minister Steven Miles said the theory was not yet proven.

“That strain, the B1125 strain, is the most common strain currently circulating in Victoria, therefore there could be other sources of that strain here,” Mr Miles said.

“Further genomic testing will be able to confirm if the two are indeed linked, we hope.”

Mr Miles said although no new cases was good news, Queensland still had a “long way to go before we know we have controlled this possible outbreak”.

The state currently has 18 active cases and a total 1,106 cases.

Of the total 8,059 tests conducted in the last 24 hour period, 6,278 of those were conducted in the Great Brisbane region of concern related to the youth detention centre outbreak.

A further clinic is opening at the Wynnum-Manly community health centre, Gundu Pa, on the bayside to relieve congestion seen at the Redlands yesterday.

More to come.

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