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Covid-19 Australia: Queensland records five new cases as Palaszczuk warns 24 hours are ‘critical’

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Queensland has avoided a lockdown after the state recorded five new cases overnight but Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned the next 24 hours are critical. 

The cases are all part of the same family spread across two households at Moorooka and Sunnybank in Brisbane.  

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, the premier said the virus had been contained and there was no need to introduce stay-at-home orders. 

‘I know there’s a lot of concern amongst the community about is there a lockdown today?’ she said.

‘There is no lockdown today but in the next 24 to 48 hours we’ll be closely monitoring the situation and if we start seeing any seeding, then we may have to take very quick, fast action. But at the moment, it’s contained to the family.’ 

Queensland has avoided a lockdown after the state recorded five new cases but Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned the next 24 hours are critical

Queensland has avoided a lockdown after the state recorded five new cases but Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned the next 24 hours are critical

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, the premier said the virus had been contained and there was no need to introduce stay-at-home orders across the state

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, the premier said the virus had been contained and there was no need to introduce stay-at-home orders across the state

Authorities believe the family may have been infected by a NSW visitor who stayed at the father’s house overnight.

The father then passed on the infection when his three children came to visit on Father’s Day last Sunday. The children then spread the virus to their mother when they returned home. 

‘We also believe that the source of this cluster could be a visitor who came to the family’s home from NSW,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.

‘So we are doing further investigations there. But we believe we know at this stage the source of the virus.’

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young added the the NSW man was ‘most likely’ the source of infection.

‘We’re urgently working with NSW colleagues because this gentleman who was visiting has gone back to NSW, to get himself tested,’ she said.

‘But I think that’s the most likely source for this outbreak with this family of five.

‘So, the children and the father were exposed to this visitor who we haven’t tested yet, I’ll just confirm that. We don’t have it. But I think it’s the most likely source.’

She thanked the children’s mother for getting her daughter tested when she complained of a headache.

‘This mum took her daughter to get tested simply on a headache,’ she said.

'There is no lockdown today but in the next 24 to 48 hours we'll be closely monitoring the situation,' Ms Palaszczuk said

‘There is no lockdown today but in the next 24 to 48 hours we’ll be closely monitoring the situation,’ Ms Palaszczuk said

The girl's school, St Thomas More College at Sunnybank, was abruptly closed on Friday

The girl’s school, St Thomas More College at Sunnybank, was abruptly closed on Friday

‘That’s what we want to see no matter how mild your symptoms, if you are unwell in any way whatsoever, don’t hesitate.’

The mother works at Griffith University and attended the Nathan campus on Wednesday, but saw ‘very few people’, Dr Young said.

The girl’s school, St Thomas More College at Sunnybank, was abruptly closed on Friday.

More than 1,000 students and family members have been ordered into home quarantine for the next 14 days. 

Aged care and disability care facilities, hospitals, and prisons in south Brisbane now have visitor restrictions and anyone with symptoms is being urged to get tested, as authorities work to make sure they are on top of the outbreak. 

‘We don’t quite have enough of all of those sectors fully vaccinated yet to be able to protect them, so just for this out break please limit visitors to vulnerable settings,’ Dr Young said. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned the next 24 hours are critical after Queensland avoided another lockdown

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned the next 24 hours are critical after Queensland avoided another lockdown

From Saturday, only essential workers who've been medically screened and are wearing masks will be allowed in to prisons from Maryborough south to the border and west to Gatton, Queensland Corrective Services said

From Saturday, only essential workers who’ve been medically screened and are wearing masks will be allowed in to prisons from Maryborough south to the border and west to Gatton, Queensland Corrective Services said 

Health minister Yvette D’Ath urged residents, particularly around the Logan area, to come forward for testing.

‘If you are unwell in any way whatsoever. Don’t hesitate, go out and get tested. That way we know whether we have COVID in our community, and we can act quickly to contain it and protect everybody,’ she said. 

The cases come after a NSW truck driver tested positive after he was infectious in the community at nearby Mount Gravatt and Archerfield on Sunday and Monday.

The truckie visited Westfield Garden City shopping centre.

Other close contact exposure sites include a 7-Eleven in Brisbane East, a BP petrol station in Salisbury and an Acacia Ridge cafe.

Visits to south east Queensland prisons are now suspended over concerns about the virus.

From Saturday, only essential workers who’ve been medically screened and are wearing masks will be allowed in to prisons from Maryborough south to the border and west to Gatton, Queensland Corrective Services said.  

More than 1,000 students and family members have been ordered into home quarantine for the next 14 days

More than 1,000 students and family members have been ordered into home quarantine for the next 14 days



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