Queensland records 10 new local Covid cases as state waits to hear if lockdown will end

The current Covid-19 outbreak in Queensland has added 10 cases during Friday’s Covid update.

Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said the new cases were all related to the original Indooroopilly cluster.

The new cases bring the number of cases in the current outbreak to 89.

Five cases are domestic contacts of Ironside State School cases.

Three are domestic contacts from Indooroopilly State High School and two are domestic contacts from Brisbane Boys’ Grammar School business.

Eight of the cases were not contagious in the community.

Two other cases were contagious in the community for one day but during the lockdown period.

“We need to continue to see low numbers of cases that are all interrelated, decreasing infectious days in the community and a high testing rate and if we can keep that up we can start easing these restrictions,” Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said.

Chief Health Officer Dr. Jeannette Young said: ‘Hopefully, and I have sincere hopes that we will be able to lift’ [lockdown] this on Sunday.’

“There will still be restrictions, there will always be restrictions after you lift a lockdown,” said Dr. young. “But the details of those restrictions, I just need to see how it goes over the next few days.”

The new cases came as some Brisbane residents lined up for the opening of an acclaimed pastry shop in South Brisbane.

The pastry chefs were photographed outside the Lune Croissanterie store in South Brisbane when staff first opened its doors on Thursday morning.

At one point, the line stretched for more than 350 yards down Manning Street and around the block.

Brisbane residents are queuing for the Lune Croissanterie store in South Brisbane on Friday morning.  The popular Melbourne bakery opened the doors of its first outlet in Brisbane on Thursday morning

Brisbane residents are queuing for the Lune Croissanterie store in South Brisbane on Friday morning. The popular Melbourne bakery opened its first outlet in Brisbane on Thursday morning

Incarcerated Brisbane residents wait in a long line outside the Lune Croissanterie store in South Brisbane.  Police patrolled the streets to ensure customers wore masks and maintained social distancing at Thursday's opening

Incarcerated Brisbane residents wait in a long line outside the Lune Croissanterie store in South Brisbane.  Police patrolled the streets to ensure customers wore masks and maintained social distancing at Thursday's opening

Incarcerated Brisbane residents wait in a long line outside the Lune Croissanterie store in South Brisbane. Police patrolled the streets to ensure customers wore masks and maintained social distancing at Thursday’s opening

People in Brisbane leave with their Lune Croissanterie goodies.  The current lockdown in south-east Queensland will end at 4 p.m. next Sunday

People in Brisbane leave with their Lune Croissanterie goodies.  The current lockdown in south-east Queensland will end at 4 p.m. next Sunday

People in Brisbane leave with their Lune Croissanterie goodies. The current lockdown in south-east Queensland will end at 4 p.m. next Sunday

Lune co-founder Kate Reid said staff were told to provide customers outside the Brisbane branch with clear instructions on social distancing requirements.

“We have staff stationed along the line who set the expectation of how customers must interact with the line in order to be served,” she said.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Queensland exported the second highest number of vaccines in the country yesterday.

The Covid outbreak in Queensland, the worst since the start of the pandemic last year, started with the case of a 17-year-old schoolgirl at Indooroopilly State High School, with subsequent cases genetically linked to this cluster.

Seven schools in Brisbane were now in the grip of the outbreak.

Brisbane Girls Grammar School confirmed that another student had tested positive on Thursday evening, bringing the school’s number of cases to three.

A parent associated with Brisbane Grammar School also tested positive, growing that school’s cluster to eight students, two teachers and two parents.

More than 5,800 people connected to the Indooroopilly cluster are now subject to quarantine orders.

Deputy Prime Minister Steve Miles said on Thursday it was too early to predict whether 11 LGAs in southeastern Queensland would come out of lockdown next Sunday.

Deputy Prime Minister Steve Miles said on Thursday it was too early to predict whether 11 LGAs in southeastern Queensland would come out of lockdown next Sunday.

Deputy Prime Minister Steve Miles said on Thursday it was too early to predict whether 11 LGAs in southeastern Queensland would come out of lockdown next Sunday.

Health workers test members of the public in a pop-up Covid-19 testing clinic at Indooroopilly State High School in Brisbane on Thursday

Health workers test members of the public in a pop-up Covid-19 testing clinic at Indooroopilly State High School in Brisbane on Thursday

Health workers test members of the public in a pop-up Covid-19 testing clinic at Indooroopilly State High School in Brisbane on Thursday

dr.  Jeannette Young, Queensland's Chief Health Officer, flagged the idea of ​​children under 12 wearing masks during Thursday's Covid update

dr.  Jeannette Young, Queensland's Chief Health Officer, flagged the idea of ​​children under 12 wearing masks during Thursday's Covid update

dr. Jeannette Young, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, flagged the idea of ​​children under 12 wearing masks during Thursday’s Covid update

The number of children infected in the current outbreak saw Dr. Young Thursday suggest that children under 12 may be forced to wear masks.

“Most places don’t need masks until they are 12 and we’ve always done that here in Queensland,” said Dr Young.

‘But we are looking at whether it is possible to do it for younger people [people].

“For starters, we’ll have to look at different masks…these masks don’t make sense because they’re too big.

“There’s a whole bunch of things we need to look at before we can do it, but yeah, we’re definitely looking.”

Children infected with the Delta variant are treated at the hospitals of Gold Coast University Hospital, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s, Prince Charles and Sunshine Coast University.

“We have a number of children in the hospital, but they are not particularly unwell,” said Dr. Young on Thursday.

‘But they must be in hospital and thank goodness we have the Children’s Hospital, one of the best hospitals in Australia for children

“I’m confident we can treat them there or at any of those other hospitals that now have a lot of experience dealing with COVID in children.”

On Thursday, Miles said it is “too early” to predict whether the lockdown could be lifted on Sunday.

“My absolute focus is on doing what we need to do today and tomorrow and Saturday to hopefully lift the lockdown on Sunday, that’s the goal now,” he said.

Miles said a shipment of Pfizer vaccines allocated to Queensland will be brought forward from September to August.

“They are not supplemental vaccines, but they will allow Queensland Health to do more vaccinations in August,” he said.

There are now nearly 200 COVID-19 exposure sites for close and informal contact in South East, Central and Far North Queensland.

People queue at a vaccination clinic at the Logan Entertainment Center south of Brisbane on Wednesday

People queue at a vaccination clinic at the Logan Entertainment Center south of Brisbane on Wednesday

People queue at a vaccination clinic at the Logan Entertainment Center south of Brisbane on Wednesday

Ironside State School in St Lucia is one of a number of Brisbane schools to face the worst Covid outbreak in Queensland since mid-2020

Ironside State School in St Lucia is one of a number of Brisbane schools to face the worst Covid outbreak in Queensland since mid-2020

Ironside State School in St Lucia is one of a number of Brisbane schools to face the worst Covid outbreak in Queensland since mid-2020

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