Queensland has recorded nine new Covid-19 cases with its snap three-day lockdown likely to be extended as the outbreak spreads to two prestigious schools.
Deputy premier Steven Miles revealed it was the largest increase in cases recorded in the state in the past 12 months.
His statement echoed comments made by chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young who warned it was the ‘biggest outbreak in months and risks being our biggest ever.’
Dr Young defended the decision to plunge eleven local government areas into lockdown with Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim residents confined to their homes.
‘The purpose of the lockdown is to stop the virus spreading,’ she said at a press conference on Sunday.
‘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 fears have been raised it could be extended.
Mater Hospital Director of Infectious Diseases Paul Griffin warned there was a ‘fairly low’ chance restrictions would be eased on time.
The three day snap lockdown in south-east Queensland is likely to be extended as the latest outbreak spreads across the state and through several top schools
Eleven local government areas have begun their first day of lockdown with Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim residents confined to their homes
The lockdown is set to end on Tuesday though fears have been raised it could be extended as the state braces for more Covid-19 cases with two prestigious schools recording positive cases (pictured, Brisbane Grammar School confirmed a pupil had tested positive to Covid-19)
‘I would think, with the number of additional cases overnight, the additional schools, that the chance of this ending after three days is fairly low,’ he told Courier Mail.
‘But, of course, we need everyone to do the right thing so that we can get on top of it as quickly as possible and be out of lockdown as soon as it’s appropriate.’
Health minister Dr Yvette D’Ath said not enough people were coming forward for testing after only 11,468 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.
‘Yesterday, I talked about the number of cases New South Wales has, over 3000. What I am more concerned about is the number 14. New South Wales has recorded on average one death every three days,’ she said.
‘We cannot be complacent, we want more people coming out of testing. We will be putting out on many social media platforms today, where you can find testing sites in your local area.’
Two high schools – including the prestigious Brisbane Grammar School – are the latest to be caught up in the Covid outbreak in Queensland.
On Saturday night, parents from BGS, which charges almost $28,000 in fees each year for students in years 7-12, were notified a pupil had tested positive to the virus.
Anyone at the school’s Spring Hill campus on July 28, 29 and 30 was ordered into home isolation until further advice was provided by Queensland Health.
The development comes as St Peters Lutheran College in Indooroopilly, in Brisbane’s west, also sent out an email to parents confirming the school had been identified by Queensland Health as a possible exposure site.
‘They (Queensland Health) have asked for all members of the St Peter’s community to quarantine/isolate in place until further notice,’ the email read.
Among the venues added to the growing list of exposure sites are a Coles supermarket, numerous chemists and even a handful of bus routes.
Oxley, in Brisbane’s south-west, has three fresh exposure sites – an Aldi supermarket, (Sunday 25 July, 8.55am to 9.25am) Chemist Warehouse (Sunday 25 July, 9.10am to 9.30am) and a Country Markets (Sunday 25 July, 8.30am to 9.10am).
Jindalee’s Coles, (Thursday 29 July, 2.55pm to 3.15pm) also in the south-west, a McDonald’s (Sunday 25 July, 6.20pm to 6.55pm) and a Terry White Chemmart (Thursday 29 July, 3pm to 3.20pm) in the same suburb were also exposed.
The same applies for Highgrove Bathrooms in East Brisbane (Thursday 29 July, 11am to 11.25am) and the Southbank TAFE (Wednesday 28 July, 6pm to 9pm) in South Brisbane.
Brisbane Grammar School has been identified as a possible Covid exposure site – parents were informed via email on Saturday
St Peters Lutheran College in Indooroopilly was also identified as a possible Covid exposure site in Queensland
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
Anyone who caught the route 66 bus from the UQ lakes bus station to the PA Hospital bus station on Wednesday July 28, between 12.20pm and 12.40pm has also been added to the list.
So too has the route 29 bus from the PA Hospital bus station to UQ lakes bus station on the same day, from 2.30pm to 2.50pm.
Another bus route on the exposure site list is the 412 from Sir Fred Schonell Drive in St Lucia, southwest of the CBD, to UQ Chancellor’s Place at the University of Queensland for Friday July 30, between 9.45am and 9.55am.
The Indooroopilly Shopping Centre has become a site of interest for authorities, namely Myer, H and M, Target, Kmart and Seed Heritage for Thursday 29 July, between 8.30am and 11am.
Additionally, two new casual contact exposure sites have been added for Mount Gravatt, in Brisbane’s south.
Coles Jindalee, in Brisbane’s south-west, has been named as a Covid exposure site by Queensland Health
Both are for Bunnings Warehouse, with one on Wednesday July 28 between 7am and 7.35am and the other on Thursday July 29 between 12.30pm and 1.05pm.
Late on Saturday evening, even more casual exposure sites were confirmed, including two women’s public toilets at the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.
Any person who has visited any of the identified sites is urged to get tested for Covid immediately.
They must also remain in quarantine – even after receiving a negative result – for 14 days from when they were last at the venue.
The lockdown has impacted more than three million residents, with NRL, AFL and Super Netball games all cancelled on Saturday across the state.
Aldi in Oxley, (pictured) also in Brisbane’s south-west, is a confirmed Covid exposure site – after six positive cases overnight, many parts of Queensland were plunged into a three-day lockdown
The Terry White Chemmart in Jindalee (pictured) has been identified as a Covid exposure site in Queensland
The 11 LGAs affected include Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Noosa Shire, Redland City, the Scenic Rim Regional Council, the Somerset Regional Council and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
Residents living can only leave home for four reasons including for essential goods, to provide or receive care, for essential school and work, and exercise.
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the state had no choice but to impose the harsh restrictions.
‘We have seen from the experience in other states that the only way to beat the Delta strain is to move quickly, to be fast, and to be strong,’ he said.
‘This will be the strictest lockdown that we have had.’
QUEENSLAND’S THREE-DAY LOCKDOWN
More than 3 million residents across 11 LGAs will be in a strict lockdown from 4pm on Saturday to 4pm on Tuesday
The LGas affected include the City of Brisbane, the Moreton Bay Regional Council, the City of Gold Coast, the City of Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council, the Logan City, the Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, the Scenic Rim Regional Council, the Somerset Regional Council and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Residents can leave their home for four reasons – exercise, to give or provide care, essential shopping and for essential work or school
Residents can exercise with one other person within 10km of their homes
Masks are mandatory at indoor venues and residents must not travel further than 10km from their homes
Funerals and weddings will be reduced to ten people and hospitality venues will be limited to takeaway only.
Non-essential businesses such as cinemas, hairdressers, gyms and places of worship will all close.
The restrictions apply to anybody who had been in any of the 11 LGAs from 1am on Saturday regardless or not if they’ve since left the area.
Masks will be required for both students and staff at high schools.
Visitors will not be allowed at resident’s homes.
Community and professional sport will not be permitted.