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Queensland’s Covid outbreak grows as 13 new cases announced

Queensland’s Covid-19 outbreak has continued to spread with 13 cases of community transmission announced at the state’s Monday morning Covid update. 

Deputy Premier Steven Milles said Queensland’s lockdown would be extended until 4pm next Sunday as a result of the new cases. 

Brisbane’s Ekka would also be cancelled for a second consecutive year.   

Seven of the new cases are students from Ironside State School. Another five are related to the school being household members or family contacts.

One case is linked to a confirmed case from the karate school that trains at the school.   

‘For us to come out of this at the weekend, we need absolutely everyone in those LGAs to stay at home if they can,’ Mr Miles said of the extended lockdown. 

‘It is absolutely critical that people only leave their homes for the four reasons. There’s too many cars on the road in Brisbane at the moment. Too many people out and about.’

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles provides the state’s Covid update on Monday morning

Mr Miles confirmed home learning would be in place from Tuesday for the rest of the week for students of Queensland’s state schools.

‘Private schools will largely also have similar arrangements.’ 

He said he knew cancellation of Brisbane’s agricultural show, the Ekka, would be ‘disappointing’.  

‘I know that’s sad and disappointing for many, many Queenslanders who love their annual ritual, their annual trip to the Ekka,’ he said. 

‘We just can’t afford to have an event like that where people travel into town, circulate in large numbers. The risk is just too great.’

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick also announced a $260 million support package for Queensland businesses at the Monday update.

‘We’ll be opening an and 2021 COVID Business Support Program,’ he said. ‘That will be $5,000 grants available to Queensland businesses – not just businesses in the locked down area.

‘That will be available to all Queensland businesses.’

Chief health officer Jeannette Young said she still did not know how the virus had been transmitted from two overseas travellers to the family of the schoolgirl from Indooroopilly State High School who tested positive last Friday.

Queensland's chief health officer Jeannette Young said she still did not know how the virus had been transmitted from two overseas travellers to the family of an Indooroopilly State High School student

Queensland’s chief health officer Jeannette Young said she still did not know how the virus had been transmitted from two overseas travellers to the family of an Indooroopilly State High School student

‘All I know is that we had two people arrive from overseas into the Brisbane International Airport on June 29, and subsequently, those two people were found to have the Delta variant with a particular whole genome sequence

‘Now this outbreak, 29 additional people later, are all clustering with those two. 

‘But I don’t know how it’s got from those two original people to this household of five who are the first people that I’ve found in the cluster.’  

Earlier, it appeared Queensland’s outbreak may have spread beyond south-east Queensland after an infected contractor made a return trip to Rockhampton on a Qantas flight – as part of the state is plunged into a three-day lockdown.

The woman was working on the Rookwood Weir when she flew to the regional town for work at 8.30am Wednesday and returned to Brisbane at 6.40pm on Friday.  

She tested positive on July 31, but it is believed she was infectious from July 28 and was included among the Sunshine State’s nine local cases announced on Sunday.

The case means the Sunshine State’s outbreak has spread beyond Brisbane in the south-east.

Walkers seen in Brisbane's CBD on Sunday as south-east Queensland began it's first day of a snap three-day lockdown. Experts expect the lockdown to be extended as cases continue to grow in the state

Walkers seen in Brisbane’s CBD on Sunday as south-east Queensland began it’s first day of a snap three-day lockdown. Experts expect the lockdown to be extended as cases continue to grow in the state

People queue up for a Covid-19 test in Brisbane, Queensland on Monday morning

People queue up for a Covid-19 test in Brisbane, Queensland on Monday morning

An empty King George Square in central Brisbane pictured on Sunday after 11 LGAs in south-east Queensland entered a three-day lockdown from 4pm last Saturday afternoon

An empty King George Square in central Brisbane pictured on Sunday after 11 LGAs in south-east Queensland entered a three-day lockdown from 4pm last Saturday afternoon

People who were QF2362 at 8.30am on July 28 and QF2365 at 6.40pm on 30 July are being contacted by authorities (pictured: a Qantas flight at Brisbane Airport)

People who were QF2362 at 8.30am on July 28 and QF2365 at 6.40pm on 30 July are being contacted by authorities (pictured: a Qantas flight at Brisbane Airport)

‘Work on site has stopped and workers have been isolated to their rooms for 14 days of quarantine,’ Queensland Health said in a statement. 

‘Other workers from the Rookwood project who have left the site have also been contacted and told to isolate for 14 days.’   

Other workers who have been at the site have been contacted and told to isolate.  

Authorities are also contacting people who were on QF2362 at 8.30am on July 28 and QF2365 at 6.40pm on 30 July.

Rockhampton’s Central Queensland University fever clinic has extended its testing hours.

Queensland’s nine new cases on Sunday represented the highest number in almost a year.

Pictured: People attend a Covid Testing Centre at Indooroopilly High School, Brisbane on Sunday

Pictured: People attend a Covid Testing Centre at Indooroopilly High School, Brisbane on Sunday

There are more than 80 exposure sites linked to the outbreak, with about 20 new sites of concern listed on Sunday. 

Deputy Premier Steven Miles had implored more Queenslanders to seek virus testing, with fewer than 12,000 tests conducted on Saturday.

Long lines were seen at testing clinics on Monday morning. 

The local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim entered the lockdown on Saturday afternoon – which has harshest virus restrictions the Sunshine State has seen.

Residents in affected areas can only leave home for essential work, study or child care, to exercise, buy food and supplies, and receive health care, including being tested for COVID-19 or vaccinated.

Non-essential travel must be within 10 kilometres of residences and everyone must wear a mask when outside their home.

All schools in the lockdown zone will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, while all staff and students of Indooroopilly High School and Ironside State School are in quarantine for two weeks.

Other schools affected by the outbreak include St Peters Lutheran College, Brisbane Girls Grammar School and Brisbane Boys Grammar School.

Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said: ‘The purpose of the lockdown is to stop the virus spreading.’

‘So it is to have everyone in their homes, as we find people, we find them in their homes, and they will have minimal exposure out in the community.’  

The lockdown is set to end on Tuesday though experts believe it will almost certainly be extended after six cases on Saturday and nine on Sunday.

Dr Young admitted restrictions would only be rolled back when case numbers were down and all of the cases were not out in the community while infectious.

‘The threshold is that I’m confident that all the cases that potentially have been exposed are safely in quarantine and are unlikely to end up having been infectious out in the community so unlikely to have been out there spreading,’ she said. 

Latest Covid exposure sites in Queensland

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must get tested and then isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

Blunder Road Country Markets, 3/150 Blunder Rd Oxley, Sunday 25 July 8.30am to 9.10am

ALDI Oxley, 146 Blunder Rd Oxley, Sunday 25 July, 8.55am to 9.25am

Chemist Warehouse, 146 Blunder Rd Oxley Sunday 25 July  9.10am to 9.30am

McDonalds, Jindalee Homemaker City, 12A Goggs Rd Jindalee 6.20pm to 6.55pm

Bus Route 66, UQ Lakes Bus Station to PA Hospital Bus Station Wednesday July 28, 12.20pm to 12.40pm  

Bus Route 29, PA Hospital Bus Station to UQ Lakes Bus Station, Wednesday July 28,  2.30pm to 2.50pm

Southbank TAFE, F Block Level 5 Rm 501566,  Ernest St South Brisbane, Wednesday July 28, 7pm to 9pm

Highgrove Bathrooms, 899 Stanley St East East Brisbane, Thursday July 29 11am to 11.25am

Coles Jindalee, Corner Goggs and Sinnamon Rds Jindalee, Thursday July 29 2.55pm to 3.15pm

Terry White Chemmart Jindalee, 4/168 Sinnamon Rd Jindalee, Thursday July 29,  3pm to 3.20pm

Bus Route 412, Sir Fred Schonell Dve, St Lucia to UQ Chancellor’s Place, University of Queensland, Friday July 30, 9.45am to 9.55am

Indooroopilly State High School, 111 Ward St Indooroopilly, Thursday July 29, 8am to 3.30pm

Myer (level 2), Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Thursday 29 July, 8.50am to 9.30am

Seed Heritage (level 2), Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Thursday 29 July, 9.20am to 9.35am

Target (level 2) Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Thursday 29 July, 9.25am to 9.50am

H and M (level 2) Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Thursday 29 July, 9.45am to 10.10am

Kmart (Level 1) Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Thursday 29 July, 10.10am to 10.45am

Stacks Discounts Store, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Thursday 29 July, 10.35am to 10.50am

Country Road, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Thursday 29 July, 10.45am to 11am

Andonis Café & Bar, 4/281 Station Rd Yeerongpilly, Thursday 29 July, 11.50am to 1.45pm

Bus Route 412, UQ Chancellor’s Place to Stop 19 Sir Fred Schonell Dve, St Lucia Friday 30 July, 12.25pm departure

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is considered a casual contact who must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received

Bunnings Warehouse, Wecker Rd Mount Gravatt, Wednesday 28 July 7am to 7.35am

Bunnings Warehouse, Wecker Rd, Mount Gravatt Thursday 29 July 12.30pm to 1.05pm

Translational Research Institute, Ground Floor, Princess Alexandra Hospital, 37 Kent St Woolloongabba Wednesday 28 July 12.50pm to 2.45pm

Female Toilets Level 2 near Forever New and Myer, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Thursday 29 July, 8.45am to 8.50am

Female toilets near Rebel Store and JB Hifi Level 1, Indooroopilly shopping centre Indooroopilly 10.50am 10.55am 

Source: Queensland Health

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