Australia Queensland records nine new COVID-19 cases

03:35  01 august  2021
03:35  01 august  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Queensland has recorded nine new locally acquired cases of COVID - 19 , all linked to known cases in the community. There are now 18 cases linked to the cluster of the highly infectious Delta variant that was first detected in a student at a Brisbane school. It comes as millions of residents remain under strict stay-at-home orders on the first day of a snap three-day lockdown across 11 local government areas in the state's south-east.

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Queensland has recorded nine new local cases of COVID-19 today, all connected to a rapidly spiralling outbreak linked to a Brisbane high school student.

"This is the most number of new community infections we've reported in Queensland in almost 12 months," Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

"The last time we were at this level was August 2020."

A number of the new cases are linked to a karate class held at Ironside State School in St Lucia.

The class is attended by students from all over Brisbane, with a boy from Brisbane Boys Grammar School and his father among today's new positive cases.

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Two new local COVID - 19 cases in Queensland . Queensland 's snap three-day lockdown will end at 6pm today for a number of local government areas but will remain in place for Greater Brisbane and Moreton Bay after just three local case of COVID - 19 were detected in the state overnight. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Townsville will no longer be under stay at home orders from 6pm today, however the lockdown will remain in place for some regions.

South-east Queensland will enter its strictest lockdown of the pandemic for three days, starting at 4pm on Saturday, after the state recorded six new locally acquired cases of Covid - 19 . The stay-at-home orders will apply across 11 local government in the south-east, including Brisbane City, Gold Coast The six new cases recorded on Saturday take the current outbreak in Queensland to nine cases of the Delta strain. The new cases reported on Saturday are linked to a 17-year-old female Indooroopilly State High School student who tested positive on Thursday. The student’s parents and two siblings

Earlier today, two more Brisbane high schools have been added to a rapidly-growing list of COVID-19 exposure sites.

Brisbane Boys Grammar School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School have been closed and staff, students and parents who attended between Wednesday and Friday sent into isolation.

An infectious parent attended an Open Day at the girls' high school on Friday.

On Friday, health authorities confirmed a 17-year-old student at Indooroopilly State High School had tested positive for COVID-19.

Yesterday, six more cases linked to the student were uncovered, prompting Mr Miles to announce a snap three-day lockdown which went into force at 4pm that day.

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Queensland recorded three new COVID - 19 cases in the past 24 hours, one in hotel quarantine and two in home quarantine. Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the returned overseas traveller arrived from the UK via Singapore. She confirmed the other two local cases were linked to the cluster from a Greek orthodox community centre. Today's three new cases come as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was "disappointing" to see reports yesterday of a superyacht crew that travelled from Sydney to Queensland and lied on their border declaration passes.

A third new COVID - 19 case has been identified in Queensland . A miner who had returned from working in the Northern Territory transited through Brisbane Airport on Friday night and travelled to the Sunshine Coast before testing positive on Sunday afternoon, Queensland Health said. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed two new community cases of COVID - 19 . ( 9 News). The Brisbane pair had visited "a lot of sites throughout the community" since becoming infectious, including gyms, shopping centres and a workplace on the Sunshine Coast.

There are now 18 infections genomically linked in the cluster, with yesterday's cases including the student's parents, her siblings, a teacher and a medical student who tutored her.

It's understood the medical student also attended a number of hospitals while infectious, forcing staff there into isolation.

A lengthy list of exposure sites released by Queensland health authorities includes bus routes to and from the University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital, a shopping centre in Indooroopilly and the F block at Southbank TAFE on Wednesday.

Indooroopilly State High School has confirmed that three confirmed COVID-19 cases attended the school last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

All students and staff are considered close contacts and must quarantine at home for 14 days.

Also on the list of COVID-19 exposure sites is the nearby school, St Peters Lutheran College.

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Queensland recorded seven new cases of COVID - 19 today, plunging 11 LGA's into a snap three-day lockdown. One of the new cases was a medical student at the University of Queensland , who was a tutor for a 17-year-old Taringa student who tested positive on Friday. The Taringa teen's four family members are also now infected with COVID - 19 . Authorities are scrambling to determine how the medical student, thought to be the index case to the Taringa family of five, contracted the virus in the first place. Genome sequencing has matched the infection to two returned travellers who flew to

The cases have been linked to two returned travellers in hotel quarantine via genome sequencing of the virus, but health authorities are been unable to establish any direct contact between them and the new cluster.

Queensland has had numerous community COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, with the virus leaking through from interstate, hotel quarantine and airport staff, infectious disease expert Dr Paul Griffin warns this outbreak is markedly different.

"There's a lot of concerning elements about this, including where these people have been, how many exposure sites there are, how many people are already infected as a result," he said.

"So I do think we need a comprehensive and swift range of mitigation strategies, which is what we've seen."

map: The 11 south-east Queensland local government areas under lockdown as of 4pm yesterday. © 9News The 11 south-east Queensland local government areas under lockdown as of 4pm yesterday.

Eleven local government areas are subject to the new lockdown, which kicked in at 4pm yesterday and is the strictest yet seen in Queensland.

The only permitted reasons to leave home are: to buy essentials, such as groceries and shopping, work if you can't work from home, exercise within 10 kilometres of your home and healthcare, including vaccinations.

Only the children of essential workers can attend school.

The lockdown announcement has cast doubt over whether Brisbane's long-awaited Royal Queensland Show will go ahead.

Preparations are on hold for the Ekka for 24 hours as organisers seek more clarity around the current outbreak.

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