'Missing link' in Brisbane's original COVID-19 cluster found

People walk past Flinders Street Station during a Covid-19 lockdown in Melbourne last year

Only 10 new cases were confirmed by Thursday morning from a record number of 34,711 daily tests, only one of them being a result of community transmission.

Queensland has tracked down the missing link between a nurse who was infected with coronavirus weeks ago and the outbreak that locked down Brisbane.

Despite the lifting of lockdown, the Queensland premeir said some restrictions will remain in the state, such as the carrying of a mask by Queenslanders leaving their homes until 15 April.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said she was "reasonably confident" authorities had managed to prevent further community spread.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital is at the centre of efforts to ensure the virus does not spread further.

Masks are now mandatory and gatherings at homes are limited to just two people in the affected region.

High testing rates over the past 24 hours have enabled the easing of curbs, Palaszczuk said.

There are now 82 active cases in Queensland, with 35,357 COVID-19 tests conducted in the past 24-hours.

"People have been travelling a lot anyway and it's just a good reminder over the long weekend and the school holiday period that people... are making sure that they maintain those COVID-safe behaviours", Ms Stephen-Smith said.

'We know that private residences are a risk'.


A "large number of staff" at the inner-city hospital will have to self-isolate, an internal hospital email said.

However, some residents think they've already found the answer in a slight change of wording on the Queensland Health website.

No blame has been placed on the infected doctor, nurse or the returned traveller.

The historical case has been identified as a nurse who contracted the virus from a man who arrived from Europe last month.

Anyone who visited any shop or takeaway on Saturday March 27 between noon and 4pm in Lawson, Jonson, Browning and Fletcher streets has been ordered to get tested immediately and self-isolate until they return a negative result.

"It doesn't matter how mild your symptoms are, stay home and enjoy your own home and get yourself tested".

However, it excluded primary close contacts linked to NSW and Queensland exposure sites, who must continue their self-isolation for 14 days since their exposure.

Newstead Brewing on Doggett Street - one of Brisbane's most popular bars - has been added to the state's casual contact locations.

Brisbane resident Bob Price capturing the rule breakers.

'It is our very strong preference that if you live in any of those four local government areas, that you don't travel outside those areas, ' Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday.

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