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Australia Queensland's new cases all in isolation but concerns grow about NSW outbreak

06:06  12 august  2021
06:06  12 august  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Queensland ’ s 10 new coronavirus cases were all in isolation but authorities are becoming more concerned about the New South Wales outbreak “creeping north”. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was “fantastic” the 10 new local cases were linked to the Indooroopilly schools cluster and in home isolation . But she’s “very concerned ” about cases in NSW border towns and is considering tougher restrictions to protect Queenslanders.

Queensland has recorded two new local coronavirus cases linked to hotel quarantine. Health officials in Queensland and Victoria say they are monitoring the outbreak in New South Wales amid concerns over the increased infectiousness of the Delta COVID-19 variant. Two new local coronavirus cases have been reported in Brisbane, but the state government is more concerned about the risk posed by an outbreak in Sydney.

Annastacia Palaszczuk et al. looking at the camera: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced 10 new local cases of COVID-19 in Queensland. © 9News Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced 10 new local cases of COVID-19 in Queensland.

Queensland's 10 new coronavirus cases were all in isolation but authorities are becoming more concerned about the New South Wales outbreak "creeping north".

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was "fantastic" the 10 new local cases were linked to the Indooroopilly schools cluster and in home isolation.

But she's "very concerned" about cases in NSW border towns and is considering tougher restrictions to protect Queenslanders.

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"What we are seeing now is more of these regional communities close to the Queensland border, especially out in the south-west area, now going into a period of lockdown," the premier said.

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Health authorities in Queensland are grappling with multiple different COVID-19 outbreaks , including one mystery case that has sent contact tracers racing to find out how the virus was spread. Five more cases of community transmission were detected on Saturday and three in hotel quarantine. Dr Young believed the Delta cluster linked to the the NT mine workers was now "under control" and "we don't need to worry anymore". She was also confident about the the Virgin flight crew cluster, which was also the Delta strain. "Most concerning " is the Portuguese Family Centre cluster of the Alpha variant with

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"Nobody should be crossing the border to go into New South Wales at this stage.

"We will be monitoring the situation extremely closely over the next 24 to 48 hours.

"We do not want to see that … creeping north. If we have to implement harder measures, we will."

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An eleventh case has been recorded in Queensland hotel quarantine and Ms Palaszczuk warned there could be an increase in local cases over coming days.

"We are expecting to see an increase in numbers because people are getting tested on day 10 and day 11," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"We expect similar numbers over the next couple of days as the cluster keeps progressing through and having their day 12 test."

Meanwhile, Queensland health authorities have determined that a coronavirus case announced on the Gold Coast last week was not a positive case.

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An alarming 91 new venues from across NSW have been added to the state' s skyrocketing exposure sites list, including more than a dozen busy supermarkets across Sydney. Twenty two grocery stores extending from the Hunter Region to the Illawarra have been placed on alert as fears grow the highly infectious Delta outbreak will continue to spread its tentacles into regional towns. More than 25 of the new sites are outside of the state' s capital city, including 16 venues in Byron Bay where an infected Sydney traveller is feared to have spread the virus.

All close contacts will be allowed to leave quarantine.

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Ms Palaszczuk said the NSW outbreak would be a topic of discussion at the National Cabinet meeting tomorrow.


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"Queensland remains very concerned about what is happening in NSW," she said.

"It is in the national interest for NSW to get on top of this outbreak."

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said authorities would continue to ask people in border communities to get vaccinated.

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Of the new cases , 101 were in the community for part or all of their infectious period, while the isolation status of another 100 remained under investigation. The affected areas run from the Queensland border through the middle of NSW down to the centre of the state. About a third of the Walgett population is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, according to census data, sparking additional concerns due to the prevalence of underlying health conditions in First Nations communities.

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"I do not want to see a single vacant slot in the state that could be used by somebody to get vaccinated," Dr Young said.

"We will have a solid push in those border communities out in the western part of the state, to really push those people who live in those communities to get vaccinated.

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"That will protect those people and protect Queensland as well."

Queensland is also set to open up to South Australia.

As of midday today, anyone from South Australia quarantining in Queensland will be able to leave isolation as long as they have had a negative test result.

"Of course, we will open up to South Australia as well, but you have to fly in, you cannot drive through because of the situation in New Wales," Ms Palaszczuk said.

The premier said restrictions with Victoria will remain.

Health authorities have also urged those in home quarantine to stick to the isolation timetable.

Dr Young said people are only able to leave home quarantine if there have been no positive cases in the household and everyone has had a negative test on day 12 and 14 days of isolation.

"This is really important," she said.

"We are still seeing cases pop up towards the end of the incubation period."

Cairns out of lockdown

Four cases were recorded yesterday, all of whom were linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and who were all in isolation while infectious.

A lack of new cases in Cairns saw stay-at-home orders lifted yesterday, though restrictions on visitor numbers, social distancing in shops, and mask-wearing still apply.

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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said it remained "vitally important" Cairns residents continued to abide by the restrictions, with the first case - a reef pilot who was infected onboard a ship - having been infectious in the community since July 23.

"We all know with this virus it can transmit to someone who doesn't have any symptoms, so doesn't know to come forward and get tested, so there's still a risk there - it's low, but it's there," Dr Young said.

The ongoing restrictions are expected to be lifted on August 22.

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It was also revealed yesterday that more than 60 people may have received an "ultra-low" dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Kippa-Ring Vaccination Centre, following an administrative error.

Those people had been contacted and health authorities were working to ensure they were properly vaccinated, Dr Young said.

While a low dose is not in itself harmful, it can affect a person's immunity to COVID-19.

Qld records one historic COVID-19 case .
Queensland has recorded just one historic case of COVID-19, in a child linked to the Indooroopilly cluster.Some restrictions are set to ease in the state at 4pm on Friday, but masks will remain mandatory.

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