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Queensland records 59 new Covid cases as concern for Omicron cluster rises

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59 new Covid cases have been recorded in Queensland while authorities are tracking an “Omicron cluster of concern” involving 2675 people.

The cluster is linked to a graduation ceremony of Griffith University nursing and paramedic students held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday last week.

Fifteen cases of Omicron have been linked to the event already, with more expected.

“Some of these cases have been identified as Omicron so it’s likely the whole episode will be an Omicron cluster,” chief health officer Dr John Gerrard said.

Dr Gerrard said the event had been listed as a casual contact event and anyone who attended is being asked to get a Covid test and isolate until they get a negative result.

Anyone at the centre who did not attend the event are urged to get tested but do not have to isolate.

Of Queensland’s 59 new cases, 49 were locally acquired, with 16 linked to a known case while 33 cases are under investigation.

There are currently 197 active cases in Queensland.

Dr Gerrard said there were 43 confirmed cases of Omicron now in Queensland, including 13 yesterday.

He said based on current trends, he expected cases to double every 48 hours.

“The trend is likely to continue as we head into January,” Dr Gerrard said.

He said the increasing numbers of cases made it more difficult to trace where people had acquired Covid-19.

Dr Gerard said there was only one patient who was “moderately” unwell from Covid-19 and was unvaccinated. He said there was no one with Covid-19 in intensive care.

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Emily Stack
Emily Stack
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