Australian health officials in the state of Queensland are investigating how a fully vaccinated man in the far northern city of Cairns contracted a delta variant of the CCP virus that does not cluster with any known strain in Queensland .
The man, who worked as a marine pilot navigating ships on the Great Barrier Reef, was fully vaccinated with Pfizer in March, when Maritime Safety Queensland moved to exonerate all marine pilots who had been found to be too high. risk was considered.
After receiving whole-genome sequence results, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr. Janet Young, believes the man acquired the virus during his work as a marine pilot.
“It is not the Delta strain that is circulating in Brisbane and it is not linked to any other known Delta cases in Queensland,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
Experts are now investigating whether he has contracted the groups, along with any other cases in Australia or overseas.
The Marine pilot had a very high CT value, which Young said was “very little virus” in his body. However, she warned that is enough to potentially infect others.
Queensland health officials later clarified that the man was not ill, but had developed very specific symptoms, such as loss of smell, on 31 July.
His wife and child have tested negative and are in home isolation for 14 days.
Queensland Health has set up nine COVID-19 testing centers for locals in Cairns and they are open daily with extended hours from 6am to 10pm. A pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic has been set up outside Cairns Hospital for walk-ins.
Several local exposure sites are listed online. However, Young said the chances of Cairns going into lockdown were “very, very low”.
This individual is only the second locally acquired case reported in Cairns in recent months. The previous case was of a woman who had also been fully vaccinated from Pfizer.
Cairns exposure sites (as of publication):
- Qantas Flight QF708: 9.17am – 11.15am, July 29
- Belef Balinese Restaurant: 12.45 pm – 2.15 pm, July 29
- Dental Practice at 1300SMILES Cairns Central Shopping Center: 8.40am – 10.30am, July 30
- Fitzroy Island Aventures (Ferry to Fitzroy Island): 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., July 31
- Cairns Airport Baggage Carousel: 11.15am – 11.45am, July 29
- Cairns Airport (General): 11.15am – 11.15am, July 29
- Cairns Central Shopping Center: 12 pm – 1 pm, July 29
- JB HIFI, Cairns Central: 12.10 pm – 12.50 pm, July 29
- Cairns Central Shopping Center: 8 a.m. – 10.30 a.m., July 30
- Blue Marlin Bistro, Pier Cairns: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., July 31
- Reef Fleet Terminal Pier Cairns: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., July 31
News From – The Epoch Times