Queensland latest coronavirus data as at 17 December

We are closely monitoring the latest COVID-19 cases in New South Wales (NSW).

In the last 24 hours NSW has recorded five new positive COVID-19 cases in the Northern Beaches region.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said this is an evolving situation.

“The next 24 hours are critical in suppressing the risk of the virus spreading,” Dr Young said.

“NSW has issued a number of public health alerts, where the recently confirmed cases have been while infectious.

“It’s vital that anyone who has been in the Northern Beaches region – especially in any of the venues listed in the NSW public health alerts – follows the health advice issued by NSW.

“That health advice includes that anyone who was at the Avalon Beach RSL on 11 December 2020 must immediately get tested and quarantine for 14 days in their home or in their current accommodation.

“I am also asking anyone that has been in the Northern Beaches region since 11 December 2020 to monitor their health and immediately get tested if they develop any symptoms.

“And anyone who has travel plans to visit greater Sydney, in particular the Northern Beaches region, should consider the risk of those areas becoming a hotspot.”

Contact tracing is currently underway by NSW Health, however any person currently in Queensland who may have been in any of those areas is urged to proactively get tested if they develop any symptoms.

Dr Young said extra preventative measures will be put in place to protect some of the most vulnerable Queenslanders.

“From midday tomorrow (Friday 18 December), anyone who has been in the Northern Beaches region in NSW since 11 December 2020 will not be able to visit Queensland residential aged care centres, hospitals or correctional facilities,” Dr Young said.

“It is important for Queenslanders to remain vigilant and continue to practice physical distancing, hand washing and staying at home if you are unwell and to get tested if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms.”

The current NSW health advice and a full list of locations is available at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx

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