UPDATE: NINE new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Queensland today as the state desperately works to prevent a second wave of the virus.
Of those, six are linked to the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre where a 77-year-old Ipswich woman worked while infectious.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said there were now seven cases associated with the Youth Detention Centre.
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“Our staff have been working overnight to start the mammoth effort of contact tracing required to help contain this outbreak,” she said.
While today’s three other cases are
“We are not worried about the crew members on the ships because they are being taken care of and there they are no concern to us,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
Of the cases linked to the detention centre cluster, five are staff members who live in Bundamba, Marsden, Carindale, North Ipswich and Forest Lake and two are relatives of the employees.
As a result of the outbreak in the south east, urgent extra protection measures have now been put into place.
Effectively immediately, home and outdoor gatherings inhave been reduced to just ten to limit the spread of the virus.
Aged care homes in those areas have also been placed back into lockdown, with visitors being restricted.
“This is a very significant issue and we need people to take it seriously,” Dr Young said.
In other parts of Queensland, including the Gold Coast, indoor and outdoor gatherings have been limited to 30 people.
However, businesses like cafes, restaurants and gyms with COVID-Safe plans in place will not be affected.
“While we are keeping a watch on commercial venues, they have COVID Safe plans in place and measures to contact trace people if required,” Dr Young said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it’s extremely important anyone who feels sick this weekend stays home and gets tested immediately.
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There are now 15 active cases across the whole state.
Queensland Health is expected to release further information about public health alerts over the weekend.
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EARLIER: There’s reports this morning that a number of new coronavirus cases have been linked to the
Queensland Health confirmed the 77-year-0ld Ipswich woman worked five shifts at the Wacol facility while infectious.
She was diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday and remains in hospital.
It’s understood multiple new infections have now been identified at the detention centre, with health authorities expected to provide an update today.
No further details are available at this time.