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Queensland records zero new COVID cases day after Victorian couple who skipped lockdown test positive following

Fears of an COVID-19 outbreak in Queensland after a couple who fled lockdown in Victoria tested positive on the Sunshine Coast have been further allayed.

Zero cases have been recorded in Queensland on Friday, a day after the man and woman were both confirmed positive.

Almost 6000 people were tested on Thursday.

The couple entered Queensland on June 5 after leaving Victoria four days earlier, when greater Melbourne was in a snap lockdown to control a COVID-19 outbreak.

On Thursday evening, four new venues were placed on alert after being visited by the couple, including cafes in Moffat Beach, Buddina and Baringa.

The Queensland Health Minister and Chief Health Officer are set to provide a further update at 10.30am.

A drive-through COVID testing clinic in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday. Credit: 7NEWS

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young earlier expressed some optimism that community transmission might be avoided in Queensland, because the couple were in the late stages of their infections when they entered the state.

Contact tracers had identified 17 close contacts of the couple, who arrived in Queensland on Saturday after a road trip from their Melbourne home, and through NSW.

Three of them have so far returned negative results, including the woman’s parents, with whom the couple stayed at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

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