'Not there yet': New Covid cases as Queensland lockdown decision looms

·News Reporter
·3-min read
  • 10 new cases in Queensland as cluster grows

  • CHO provides lockdown update

  • Police hand out 'the most masks ever'

Queensland has reported 10 new cases of community-transmitted coronavirus as the state waits to hear if the lockdown of the southeast will end on Sunday.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles told reporters on Friday, the Indooroopilly cluster now has 89 active cases.

"Five cases are household contacts of Ironside State School cases, three are household contacts of Indooroopilly State High School, two are household contacts of Brisbane boys Grammar School cases, eight were not infectious in the community at all," he said. 

"Two were infectious in the community for one day and that was during the South East Queensland down period."

A woman is seen exercising at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane.
A woman goes for a stroll at Kangaroo Point. Source: AAP

Queensland reported 16 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday.

The deputy premier said the news about Friday's cases is "reassuring" but "we are not there yet".

Mr Miles said it is "too soon" to say whether restrictions will be eased in South East Queensland as scheduled on Sunday.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young added she is "hopeful" the restrictions will be eased.

Deadline on lockdown decision

Dr Young was asked when Queenslanders will be provided an update on lockdown to which she replied she doubts it will be before Sunday.

"I will want to see the numbers on Sunday morning. It is just too quick. We've only had the lockdown for eight days," Dr Young said.

"I will need every single one of those days to be able to work through when and if we should lift that lockdown on Sunday afternoon."

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young is pictured.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said residents might not know the fate of lockdown until Sunday morning. Source: AAP

The Chief Health Officer said she was unsure what restrictions would be in place after the current lockdown is lifted and "to see how things track over the next few days".

It is also possible masks will need to be worn until Christmas.

"Masks are just so critical with this Delta variant, they really and truly are, and it is an issue that if we want to try and avoid lockdowns, we are going to have to get used to wearing masks," she said. 

"Hopefully it won't be through till Christmas but it could be."

Police hand out 'the most masks ever'

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski has urged people to be mask compliant and said it “is an area that we need to do a little better in”.

"Yesterday we handed out the most masks ever, 302," he said.

"So that means that that 302 people were not only not wearing masks, they weren't carrying them. 

"And we did issue 10 penalty infringement notices. 

"That is the simplest thing to do, carry a mask and wear it when you should and we will be lot safer."

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