Queensland Premier visits same location as COVID-infected person, reportedly missing them by an hour



The Queensland Premier attended the same location as a COVID-19 infected person earlier this week, reportedly missing them by an hour during her visit to the Gold Coast.Key points:Annastacia Palaszczuk visited the same Coolangatta café as a COVID-infected person on MondayThe café’s owners and staff are self quarantining, but the Premier was not required toThe wrong cafe was listed on Queensland Health’s exposure-sites list but has since been correctedRegular customers to the Coolangatta café said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was seen at Haig St Café about 9:00am Monday ahead of her daily press conference.According to Queensland Health, a COVID-positive person linked to Brisbane’s aviation cluster attended the same café between 7.30am and 7.55am, just an hour before the Premier was spotted there.It’s understood the man and his family travelled to the Gold Coast on September 25 and were infectious in the community for four days.Haig St Café became an exposure site as a result of their visit, however the wrong venue was listed online on Friday.Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from October 2 with a look back at our blog Haig St Café in Coolangatta (Kirra) is located next to Kirramisu Cafe, which can be seen in the background.(Supplied: Haig St Cafe, Instagram)A local Coolangatta business manager and regular Haig St customer said she passed the Premier while getting her morning coffee on Monday.”I get my coffee there every morning,” she said.”When I walked up to get my coffee, the girls said, ‘Annastacia must be doing her press conference soon’.”I turned around and it was her at the entrance of the café in the doorway. A Facebook post by the owners of Haig St and Kirramisu cafés to the Haig St page notifying customers they are closed for a deep clean.(Supplied: Haig St Café, Facebook)”I remember because I was getting frustrated that there were four people standing there blocking the path [to get in], I had to squeeze between them to get to the counter.”It would have been around 9:00am to 9.30am. I think the COVID-positive person was there between 7.30am and 7.55am and it was after that.”According to a spokesperson for the Premier, Ms Palaszczuk was not required to get tested or self isolate as she was not at the café at the same time as the COVID-positive person.”The Premier was in that area on Monday but not during the exposure time” the spokesperson said.”Queensland Health has confirmed that no action is required.”Wrong cafe listed as exposure siteFour days after the Premier’s and the COVID-positive man’s visit to Haig St Café on Monday, Queensland Health listed Kirramisu Café & Restaurant online as a casual exposure site.The problem: Kirramisu Café & Restaurant was not the visited venue, instead is is located beside Haig St Café and has the same owners, and it has been closed since August. Kirramisu Café & Restaurant, incorrectly listed as an exposure site online, despite it being closed since August.(Supplied: Queensland Health website)According to the owners and the cafés’ Instagram page, Kirramisu has been temporarily closed for several months “due to the current border situation”.On Saturday morning, the owners wrote to each cafe’s Facebook page stating they had closed for a deep clean and “instructed all of our staff to be tested and self isolate”.Find more local newsAccording to Queensland Health, there was confusion over which café was visited, leading to the wrong location being listed. An Instagram post on the Kirramisu Café page from August explaining it had closed temporarily.(Supplied: Kirramisu Café, Instagram)In a statement, a spokesperson said, “There are a number of outside factors that impact contact tracing efforts including whether someone used the Check In Qld app, as well as a person’s ability to remember exactly where they were and at what time.”Haig St Café and Kirramisu Café are co-located at the same site. We have now updated our contact tracing page to reflect both.”We thank the business for their cooperation and acting swiftly in protecting their staff and the community.”The café has since been added to the Queensland Health website, alongside the temporarily closed Kirramisu Café.Current exposure sites for the Gold Coast include locations at Coolangatta, Kirra, Mermaid Waters, Merrimac, Surfers Paradise, Nerang, Tugun, Miami and Runaway Bay.Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 8 minutes 10 seconds8m Do we really need booster vaccines for COVID-19?What you need to know about coronavirus:Loading form…



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