'Next 48 hours critical': Over 1000 Queensland families in Covid isolation

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More than 1000 southeast Queensland families have been ordered to quarantine for two weeks after they were potentially exposed to the coronavirus by a four-year-old girl infected by an interstate truck driver.

The girl tested positive to the virus on Friday and is the daughter of a close family friend of a Logan truck driver who was diagnosed with the virus on Thursday after being active in the community for five days.

All other close contacts of the driver have so far tested negative to the virus.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath has warned residents the "next 48 hours is critical", but no new restrictions will be introduced.

Pictured is Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young.
Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says the girl, 4, was likely infectious in the community for two days. Source: AAP

"So far there are no restrictions on any stadium, any events," she said on Saturday.

"We are not changing the level of restrictions in Queensland, other than in the Logan LGA area we are restricting visitors around hospitals, [and] aged care and disability facilities.

"The next 48 hours is critical here.

"We need to test as many people as we can and we need to ensure that we quarantine those people."

Girl, 4, likely infectious with Covid in community for two days 

The latest case, the four-year-old girl, was likely infectious in the community for two days, chief health officer Jeannette Young told reporters on Saturday, and attended the Boulevard Early Learning Centre in Windaroo.

One hundred families whose children attended the same centre have been forced into 14 days of home quarantine.

Some 960 families of children who attend Windaroo State School must also isolate for 14 days, after the school was attended by a student who also went to before and after school hours care at the daycare centre.

Dr Young said she believed the risk posed by the girl was "under control", but is more concerned about the truck driver, who was active in the community for several days with a high viral load.

A public health alert has also been issued for Beenleigh Marketplace, with those at the centre between 10:30am and 11:45am on Monday asked to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

One overseas acquired case was also diagnosed in hotel quarantine on Friday.

– with Yahoo News Staff

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