‘Increasingly risky time’ as Qld mulls new restrictions

The State’s top doctor says the next day or two will be crucial in deciding whether restrictions in Queensland need to be tightened.

Officials fear the worst after three women were caught out lying on their border declaration forms following a trip to Melbourne.

Two of them have since tested positive to COVID-19, with the sister of one of those women also diagnosed with the virus.


Contact tracing efforts have also been hampered with one of the women refusing to reveal where in south-east Queensland she has been since being back.

The cases have forced the closure of two schools, numerous restaurants and stores across Logan, south Brisbane and Ipswich.

A number of shopping centres in those areas were also being closed for cleaning while aged care facilities were being shut to visitors.

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Queensland recorded three new cases on Thursday, however none are linked to those women.

There was also more than 6800 tests conducted across the state yesterday, including almost 1000 in the Logan and south Brisbane areas.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says while further restrictions aren’t necessary yet, they remain ready to implement them if things change.

“Not at this stage, it will depend on the results we get over the next 24 or 48 hours whether anything like that is required,” Dr Young said.

“But it’s really important that people adhere to the restrictions that are in place today, which means there are limits on people who can go into venues…. and to give genuine contact details.

“This is an increasingly risky time for Queensland, we need to get through the next week, that’s really important.”

Dr Young is urging anyone who has any symptoms to get tested immediately, no matter where in Queensland they are.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she remains angry at the women’s behaviour.

“Most people are doing the right thing. It is unbelievable to think that Queenslanders are putting other Queenslanders at risk,” the Premier said.

“That’s what really annoys me here and there’s a social responsibility for everyone to do the right thing.

“These are people who deliberately went about doing the wrong thing.”

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