Queensland will enter its strictest lockdown ever after the state registered six new Covid cases, all confirmed to be from the Delta tribe.
Beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 LGAs in the state will be home for three days until 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Affected LGAs include Brisbane City, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Gold Coast City, Ipswich City, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, the Regional Council of Scenic Rim, the Somerset Regional Council and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
Residents living in those areas can only leave their home for four reasons, including for essential goods, to provide or receive care, for essential school and work, and for sports.
Residents are only allowed to exercise with one other person and must stay within a radius of 10 km from their home.
A 17-year-old high school student from Indooroopilly State High School in inland Brisbane felt unwell yesterday and gave back a positive test early Friday morning
Funerals and weddings will be reduced to ten people and catering establishments will be restricted to takeaway only.
Non-essential businesses such as movie theaters, hairdressers, gyms and places of worship will all close.
The restrictions will apply to anyone who has been in one of the 11 LGAs from 1 a.m. on a Saturday, regardless of whether they have left the area since then.
Masks are mandatory for both students and staff in secondary schools.
It comes a day after Indooroopilly State High School in Brisbane’s outback was forced to close for a specialist deep clean, while Queensland Health conducted contact tracing on a Covid-positive schoolgirl and her family.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath confirmed the case at the 2,500 student school during Friday morning’s Covid update.
“She got unwell yesterday and went and got tested and overnight her result was positive,” she said.
“We’re testing her relatives. It’s a family of five. They live in Taringa. She is now three days in the community and two days in school.’
The unlinked case at Indooroopilly State High School saw the school closed for 48 hours to conduct a thorough clean (above) while contact tracers worked to find the source of the infection
Indooroopilly State High School is a large high school in Brisbane, educating approximately 2500 students
Queensland health official Jeannette Young described the new case as ‘quite disturbing’ as health authorities scrambled to track down the source
“This is an unknown, unrelated case at this stage,” Ms D’Ath said. ‘Until we get more information, masks are more important than ever’
An email from Acting Principal Derek Weeks to parents early Friday morning alerted them to the case and the school’s 48-hour closure.
“I am writing to let you know that a person associated with our school community has been diagnosed with Covid-19,” Mr Weeks’ email read.
“As a result, our school will be closed for 48 hours with immediate effect to allow Queensland Health to carry out this contact tracing and as an added precaution I have arranged for specialist cleaners to come and carry out a thorough cleaning in accordance with Queensland Health guidelines.
“I will continue to liaise with the department and we will continue to follow Queensland Health’s advice.”
The acting director urged anyone who feels unwell or shows symptoms of the virus to see their GP immediately.
The University of Southern Queensland’s Springfield campus was also closed late Friday morning for precautionary cleaning due to the Indooroopilly State High student’s positive test.
Students from the university and the school had collaborated earlier this week.
A community vaccination center at Nicholas Street Precinct in Ipswich was also closed until further notice after the Indooroopilly student visited the clinic yesterday.
Queensland health officer Jeannette Young said the school case was “very worrying”.
“I’m having a hard time understanding how she got it,” she said. “So we’re going to have to wait until we get the full genome sequencing results back later today to find out where she got this from.”
“If this girl was a close contact, we would have expected to hear it now,” Alex, a parent of two high school daughters, told ABC Radio Friday morning. “We don’t know anything at this stage.”
Yesterday, Queensland’s mask mandate was extended for a week due to a number of ‘incursions’ of the virus in the state.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that a man who tested negative three times in a hotel quarantine later returned a positive test after being contagious in the Brisbane community for six days.
He stayed at a backpacker hostel in Brisbane before becoming unwell and being tested last Monday.
Anyone who stayed at Joe’s Place Backpackers and Brisbane City Backpackers from 20th July afternoon to 28th July overnight were considered close contacts.
A pop-up drive-through Coronavirus testing facility is on display this week at Centrepoint Church in Taigum, Brisbane. Queensland’s mask mandate continues for seven days after recent virus ‘raids’ in the state