Qld govt records four new virus cases

Land currently housing the Damascus Barracks at Pinkenba has been offered for Qld's quarantine hub.
Land currently housing the Damascus Barracks at Pinkenba has been offered for Qld's quarantine hub.

Queensland has recorded four new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, all of which are linked to existing infections, as it moves ahead with plans for a purpose-built quarantine hub.

One case reported on Sunday is a close contact of a worker at a Greek community centre in Brisbane, and another is their child.

The other two cases are the partner and a colleague of a 29-year-old man who tested positive after travelling to the Noosa area last week.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says contact tracers have linked almost all active cases in the state.

"All of these are the Alpha strains, so another piece of good news is that we do not believe that the Delta variant is circulating in our community," the premier told reporters.

Most of the existing cases are related to a superspreader event at a Portuguese club, the Greek community Centre or the Zeus Street Greek cafe at Westfield Chermside, Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said

One of the cases, a man in his 60s linked to the Portuguese club, is now on a ventilator in hospital.

The only outstanding case is a DFO worker who tested positive two weeks ago, Dr Young said.

"I expect to see a few more (cases) still come through, which is why until we get it totally under control, we do need to continue to wear our masks, to check-in, that is so critical," she said.

Three new cases were also reported in hotel quarantine.

The Queensland government has provided Canberra with specifications for a new quarantine facility near Brisbane Airport.

The Commonwealth last month offered land currently occupied by the Damascus Barracks at Pinkenba, following months of campaigning by the state for an alternative site at Wellcamp Airport near Toowoomba.

Queensland wants a Brisbane facility to have 1000 rooms, initially able to host 800 people per fortnight and eventually rising to 1450.

Capital funding will come from the Commonwealth, and the state will provide the services once the facility is built.

Ms Palaszczuk said she will continue to push for the 1000-bed Wellcamp facility, which together with arrangements at Pinkenba, would allow the state to double its intake of returned travellers.

She said Wellcamp could be "up and running" in two months, and building both sites would eliminate the need to use quarantine hotels which have been held responsible for cases entering the community.

But Wellcamp's distance from an international airport and "necessary" health facilities means it doesn't fit the Federal Government's selection criteria, Finance Minister Simon Birmingham told ABC radio.

With another quarantine site in the works in Victoria, Mr Birmingham said the construction process can be sped up by "essentially duplicating some of the contractual and planning arrangements".

It's hoped the Queensland facility will start taking arrivals by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Yvette D'Ath is urging people to be patient as Pfizer vaccine supplies are running low.

She said state clinics would be able to administer 10,000 doses of vaccine per day once supplies arrived.

""As long as the Commonwealth can guarantee that we'll be getting a lot more vaccines from October, we can start vaccinating a lot more people from October," Ms D'Ath said.

Australian Associated Press