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Gold Coast on high alert after Uber driver tests positive


Queensland has recorded three new cases of coronavirus overnight, including a fully vaccinated Gold Coast Uber driver who was infected in the community for three days.

The man, in his 50s, is an unlinked positive case staying at the Gold Coast University Hospital, with authorities unsure as to how he might have contracted the virus.

A second local case is a young woman in her teens from Beaudesert, who had been a close contact from a confirmed case and tested positive while in home quarantine. She spent two days in the community while infectious.

The third case is overseas acquired, detected in hotel quarantine.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is warning if more unlinked cases are detected on the Gold Coast in the next 24 to 48 hours, further restrictions will be put in place.

It comes after Queensland's mask rules eased yesterday, after 80 per cent of the state's eligible population had received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Ms Palaszczuk says a lockdown is not being considered because of the state's high vaccination rate.

"Therefore, people should consider on public transport on the Gold Coast about wearing a mask, but also too if they are in crowded situations," she says.

"We want to protect people on the Gold Coast, but we do now have two unlinked cases ... we just don't know where these cases have come from."