Both cases came in after yesterday’s 8pm (Australia time) reporting cut-off and will be officially recorded in tomorrow’s numbers.
One instance involves a woman in her fifties from Sydney’s northern suburbs who is a close contact of a previously reported case and has been isolated.
The second instance involves a 30-year-old guy from Sydney’s eastern suburbs. He is also a close contact of a previously known case, and he has been isolated.
The two latest cases came only a day after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian asked for 40,000 individuals to be tested for coronavirus every day in order to track and manage the spreading outbreak in Sydney’s east.
Acting Premier James Merlino has called on the Commonwealth to quickly boost the state’s Pfizer dosage supply for the next two months, since Victoria has documented one new locally acquired coronavirus case.
Merlino said the new case was a resident of the outbreak-struck Southbank apartment complex and had been quarantining during their infectious period.
It is the fifth consecutive day the state has recorded one or fewer new local cases.
The pause on travel from Victoria to New Zealand is due to end tomorrow at 11.59pm.
Queensland case traced back to quarantine
A lady who tested positive for Covid-19 in Brisbane over the weekend after visiting a shopping mall and a restaurant got the virus while in hotel quarantine, according to Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young.
The confirmation comes after the state reported zero locally acquired illnesses today, while five were discovered in hotel quarantine.
Yesterday, health officials revealed that the lady had tested positive only hours after completing a 14-day required hotel quarantine.
The woman had gone to a Brisbane retail complex, the CBD, and a restaurant, resulting in a massive contact tracking operation.
Dr Young said the woman travelled from Portugal to Australia on an Emirates flight to go on to work as cabin crew for other airlines.
Dr Young said the woman had the B117 or “Alpha” variant of the virus.
“It is contagious but it’s not as contagious as the Delta variant that we’re now seeing circulate through parts of Sydney, so that is good news.”
Dr Young said authorities were working to determine how the woman become infected from another person staying in hotel quarantine at the same time who was on a different floor.
“She acquired her infection from another cabin crew member who was in quarantine at the Four Points Hotel.”
Dr Young said the woman had three tests in hotel quarantine on day zero, day five and day 12 – all of which returned negative results.