Family of five who snuck into Queensland refuse to get tested as private school their kids attend closes and tracers scramble to find Covid-positive truck driver’s contacts
- Gold Coast family of five is in hotel quarantine after refusing Covid testing
- The family traveled via back roads to closed-off Melbourne and back
- Two of their children then went to a local school that has closed
- Queensland Premier announced two new cases in state parliament on Thursday
- One is a Gold Coast truck driver who is contagious in the community for five days
- The truckie is believed to be in NSW and is wanted by contact tracers
A family of five has been forced into hotel quarantine after traveling from the Gold Coast to Melbourne and back and the school where two of their children attended was closed.
A truck driver is also under investigation after Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said he was one of two new Covid cases in the state.
The driver, who hails from Windaroo south of Brisbane, traveled from Sydney and is said to have been contagious in the community from August 28 to September 1.
He is now believed to be back in NSW. The other new case was discovered in hotel quarantine.
Ms Palaszczuk told parliament on Thursday that the Australian International Islamic College in Carrara was closed today as a precaution after some students bragged about a trip to Melbourne while the city is in lockdown.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament on Thursday morning that a truck driver is under investigation as one of two new cases of Covid.
Students and staff at the Australian International Islamic College in Carrara are quarantined for 14 days after some students bragged about traveling to Melbourne during lockdown
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the family of five with university children recently traveled to Melbourne and then road back to Queensland via an undetected inland route.
The whole family is now in hotel quarantine. Two of the family’s children attended the Islamic College on Aug. 31, Ms D’Ath said.
She said the family has so far been uncooperative in testing or providing more details about their movements.
Some members of the family are said to have become unwell.
“But we don’t know if it’s COVID. We have to treat it like it is,’ said Mrs. D’Ath.
“The family has now been placed in mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine and I urge them to cooperate with the authorities,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
‘This is very serious. We need this family to cooperate with the authorities.”
Ms D’Ath also told parliament that the truck driver has been tested in Pimpama on the northern Gold Coast and is now wanted for an interview by contact tracers.
“Queensland Health is trying to locate this man to investigate his exposure sites and where he’s been.”
She asked Gold Coast residents to check the Queensland Health website for more information as soon as it became available.
Ms Palaszczuk also told parliament that the Cairns Convention Center would open as a mass vaccination hub from September 10
Ms Palaszczuk yesterday defended her warning in the House of Representatives about the effects of the Delta variant on children.
She reiterated her request for more modeling of the effects of the virus on unvaccinated children.
“This is a serious issue that needs serious discussion,” she said.
“These are questions I want answers to. These are questions that the people of Queensland want an answer to.
“So instead of everyone attacking, let’s get the answers and have serious discussions.”
Ms Palaszczuk told parliament that the Queensland Exemptions Department had spoken to the parents of three-year-old Memphis, locked out of Queensland away from his parents
Palaszczuk was asked by opposition leader David Crisafulli about the case of three-year-old Memphis, who had been locked out of the state from his parents.
Queensland couple Dominique Facer and Mick Francis have not seen their son since he visited his grandparents Mark and Alex on July 9 at a cattle station over 1,500 miles away in the NSW Riverina region.
The state closed its borders with NSW at short notice two weeks later due to the worsening Covid outbreak in Sydney.
“I have been informed that the exemptions department has spoken to his parents and that they are examining and discussing that exemption with them,” the prime minister said.
Ms Palaszczuk also told parliament that the Cairns Convention Center would open as a mass vaccination hub from September 10.