The outbreak in Brisbane has exploded to 47 cases after another 16 positive cases were detected in the last 24 hours.
Most of the cases are linked to schools in the Brisbane area, including Brisbane Girl’s Grammar and Ironside State High, as well as household or family contacts of confirmed cases.
At least nine of the new cases are children and some have been infectious in the community for as long as six days.
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Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the number of people in quarantine has spiked dramatically.
“We now have 7,995 Queenslanders in quarantine and at least 4,089 in home quarantine but probably much more than that,” he said.
“It’s important that while all of us in the southeast have to stay home, those who are subject to home quarantine directions are legally required to stay home.
“They cannot leave home except in an emergency or to get a test. They’re subject to a legal notice.”
The Deputy Premier also said it was vital all 11 LGA’s included in the current lockdown stayed locked down, despite calls from Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate for the city to be excluded from this afternoon.
A Southport Thai restaurant was added to the list of exposure sites overnight but its connection to any known cases is unclear.
“There are concerns of exposure not just in Brisbane but also on the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast and this’s why we have included all of the local government areas in between,” Mr Miles said.
“The Premier and I and the Health Minister and Treasurer met with all of our Mayors yesterday and the overwhelming feeling was that we’re all in this together, we are all working together to keep our communities safe.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young admits she’s still concerned about how the outbreak started and that we are “on the verge” of a large outbreak.
“We know the very first two cases that arrived into Queensland on 29 June, but I don’t know how it’s got from either of those two people to the first family in that Indooroopilly area,” Dr Young said.
“We need to continue testing throughout the 11 LGAs and throughout Queensland.
“It is really important so we can make sure that we don’t have any other transmission events, any outbreaks, happening.”
Dr Young said, in order for the lockdown to be lifted, she would need to see less infectious people in the community.
“We will want to have seen that any new cases have been in quarantine for their full infectious period,” she said.
“Someone who’s been in quarantine for their full infectious period doesn’t concern me. It’s people who have been out and about, so there are more exposure sites.”
34,348 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, a drastic increase on the previous day, but the Health Minister wants to see that number increase again.
“We want to see records broken for testing today – and we’re opening additional sites,” Ms D’Ath said.