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Qld on alert as man fights COVID-19

Queensland authorities are trying to track the movements of a Gold Coast COVID-19 positive man who was infectious in the community for more than 10 days.

The man in his 30s, who is unvaccinated, is Queensland’s first local coronavirus case in more than two weeks.

He tested positive after presenting to the Robina Hospital emergency department on Wednesday night.

He remains on oxygen and is so sick that communication with health workers has been almost impossible, making contact tracing difficult for authorities.

The man hadn’t checked in at multiple venues via QR code since September 18.

Overnight on Thursday, Queensland Health updated its list of possible exposure sites to include a Hoyts cinema in Stafford, the Island Beach Resort in Broadbeach and Gilly Barber in Richmond.

Authorities confirmed the man travelled to Queensland from Victoria and an investigation is underway by Queensland Police to work out how he entered the state from a hotspot.

Initial concerns over the man’s occupation as an Uber driver were lowered as he hadn’t driven for the ride-sharing app since September 19, Uber confirmed on Thursday.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk ruled out a potential lockdown due to the Gold Coast’s high vaccination rates.

But the new case has reinvigorated the push for the 150,000 Gold Coast people who are still unvaccinated, to roll up their sleeves.

“We need people to be vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated you are more than likely, to end up very, very sick from COVID or in hospital, or in ICU,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the government will run another ‘Super Saturday’ vaccination push as pop up clinics open up around Queensland.

Up to 100 high schools will be open for people to get their jabs along with Bunnings retailers, as Queensland sets its sights on reaching re-opening targets in November and December.

The first, at 70 per cent fully vaccinated, will allow domestic travellers to undertake home quarantine.

However, overseas arrivals will still have a mandatory 14 days in a government facility.

When the state hits 80 per cent on December 17 or earlier, quarantine arrangements will end for domestic travellers but they must return a negative PCR test prior to arrival.

At 90 per cent, Queensland will relax all quarantine measures for overseas arrivals.

Around 73.2 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have received their first dose of vaccination and 58.07 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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