QUEENSLAND has recorded another eight cases of COVID-19 as the clusters in the south east continue to grow.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the news in Parliament on Wednesday morning.
“Five of the eight cases reported today relate to the cluster at the Queensland Correctional Services Academy,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
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“They are each members of the same family from one household and were already in quarantine when they were diagnosed.
“A further three of those cases are related to the Ipswich Hospital cluster. Two of those cases are health care workers who were already in quarantine, and the third is one of their children.
Today’s figure is the highest daily number recorded in Queensland since April 14, where there were 11 reported in a 24-hour period.
The Premier has told residents there is no reason to be overly concerned by today’s numbers.
“From the outset I want to assure Queenslanders that although that number is our highest daily tally for some time, each of those people diagnosed is related to existing cases and seven of them were in quarantine at the time they were diagnosed,” Ms Palaszczuk told Parliament.
“This is not a time for alarm this a time for thanks that our testing system is so professional and Queenslanders are so vigilant and that we have had remarkable success containing this virus.”
There are now 29 active cases of COVID in Queensland.
Wednesday, 9 September – coronavirus cases in Queensland:
• 8 new confirmed cases
• 29 active cases
• 1,143 total confirmed cases
• 990,944 tests conducted
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) September 8, 2020
It follows news overnight that St Edmund’s College in Ipswich had been closed after a Year 11 student tested positive to the virus.
Contract tracing within the school will continue today and the facility will be undergoing a deep clean.