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State in midst of 'increasingly risky time' with three new COVID-19 cases

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 30/07/2020 Rebeka Powell

Annastacia Palaszczuk wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called on Queenslanders to continue to do the right thing. © Nine Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called on Queenslanders to continue to do the right thing. Queensland has recorded three new cases of COVID-19 overnight, however none of them are linked to the two 19-year-old women who failed to self-isolate after returning from Melbourne.

One of the new cases is 20-year-old male traveller from the US who is in hotel quarantine, the other two are a couple who have been traced back to Sydney's Apollo restaurant.

"The three new cases are unrelated to the cases were reported yesterday," Health Minister Steven Miles said.

"First, a man in his 20s who had returned from the United States and was in quarantine, and a couple who had eaten at the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point in Sydney which is a known cluster and identified cluster."

The couple who returned from Sydney self-isolated as soon as they arrived back in Queensland.

They are all isolated and pose no risk to the community, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

a dining room table: A Queensland restaurant has been shut down and contact tracing is underway after a resident infected with COVID-19 visited the venue. © Provided by 9News.com.au A Queensland restaurant has been shut down and contact tracing is underway after a resident infected with COVID-19 visited the venue.

More than 6800 tests were conducted yesterday, almost 1000 of them were in the Metro South area.

The results of those tests are expected to be available later today.

"The fact that two of these three new cases came from Sydney, as well as the fact that two of the cases were reported yesterday had transited through Sydney underlines how important it is that we have made that decision to declare Greater Sydney as a hotspot," Mr Miles said.

"It will allow us to control cases returning from Sydney where we know that there are outbreaks. That means it was the right decision."

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said Queensland was in the midst of "an increasingly risky time".

a close up of a map: 'Greater Sydney' stretches to the Central Coast. © Nine 'Greater Sydney' stretches to the Central Coast.

"At the stage when they returned, Sydney was not regarded as a hot spot. So that was an excellent response by those people (the couple who self quarantined)," she said.

"As of 1am Saturday, all the metropolitan Sydney and some of the surrounding areas have been declared a hot spot, meaning anyone who has been to that area will need to quarantine in a hotel when they come into Queensland.

"It is important because we can now say over the last two days, we have had six new cases. It has been a long time in Queensland since we have really had those sorts of new case numbers."

Mr Miles provided further details about the case of the two teenage women who are now the subject of a criminal investigation.

A third woman who tested positive yesterday is a relative of one of the women.

Mr Miles suggested the trio had contracted COVID-19 at a party in Melbourne.

"Police believe they have now identified all three Queenslanders who were at that party in Melbourne," he said.

"We don't think there are any others."

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