South-east Queensland will be plunged into a snap three-day lockdown after the state recorded six new local cases of COVID-19.
The parents and siblings of a 17-year-old Brisbane student who tested positive have now also been diagnosed with the virus.
A tutor of the student and a staff member from Ironside State School have also tested positive.
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Authorities say the tutor, who is a medical student, had visited a lot of locations across Brisbane.
Testing has confirmed the cluster is the Delta strain, but officials still haven’t worked out where the teenage girl originally contracted the virus.
Officials are investigating whether the tutor is the original source.
The lockdown will be in place across the 11 local government areas that are currently subject to restrictions including the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim.
It will come into effect from 4pm on Saturday afternoon.
NRL and AFL games will not go ahead in Queensland due to the lockdown.
“We received the advice of the chief health officer, and the premier has ordered that we move strongly and implement all of the restrictions advised by the chief health officer,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.
“We must go hard and go early and so from 4:00pm today, the 11 LGAs that currently have mask-wearing requirements will go into lockdown. This will be the strictest lockdown that we have had.”
There will only be a handful of reasons to leave home including essential work, essential shopping, exercise, care for a loved one, or to get vaccinated or tested.
Residents will also be barred from travelling more than 10kms from home.
“We have been here before, but this time it’s different. We cannot afford to be complacent just because we have done so well so far. We all have to comply with these restrictions.”
Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young has warned it is crucial people abide by the lockdown rules if Queensland is to avoid a major outbreak.
“For the next three days, I need everyone in those 11 LGAs that have been wearing masks, those 11 LGAs, to stay home and not leave unless it’s absolutely critical,” Dr Young said.
Non-essential businesses will be forced to close while hospitality venues including pubs, clubs, and restaurants will only be allowed to provide takeaway service.
All schools in the 11 LGAs will be closed on Monday and Tuesday except for the children of essential workers.
High school students will be required to wear masks when schools reopen on Wednesday.
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says Police will be out in force ensuring people abide by the lockdown.
“You can expect to see additional police on the roads in the coming days. We will be tasking our officers to go out there and make sure that all of the exemptions are complied with as they are intended to be.”
More to come.