Qld lockdown extended after another 13 local cases

The lockdown in the southeast has been extended by five days after the state recorded another 13 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the cluster in Brisbane to 31 cases.

Seven of the new cases are students from Ironside State School and five are family contacts of that school.

The other case has also been linked to a confirmed case from the karate school that trains at Ironside State School.


One of those cases has been active in the community while infectious for six days. The list of exposure sites will be updated by Queensland Health later today.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the rise in cases meant that the three-day snap lockdown would have to be extended.

“We’re advising south-east Queenslanders in the 11 LGAs that the lockdown will be extended until 4:00pm on Sunday,” Mr Miles said.

“That will make it an eight-day lockdown and we desperately hope that that will be sufficient for our contact tracers to get absolutely anyone who could have been exposed to the Delta strain.

“But for it to work, for us to come out of this at the weekend, we need absolutely everyone in those LGAs to stay at home if they can.

“It is absolutely critical that people only leave their homes for the four reasons.”

Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said everyone in Queensland needed to come forward for testing.

“This outbreak, unfortunately, is escalating,” Dr Young said.

“But I am very confident that with the strategies we have in place in Queensland and with the cooperation of every single Queenslander, we will get through it.

“But to get through it by 4:00pm on Sunday, when this current lockdown will end, I need every single person in Queensland, no matter where you are, to immediately come forward and get tested if you have any symptoms.

“Now, I am asking for people outside Brisbane to also make sure that they get tested so people outside the southeast corner, because I don’t know where this virus has already moved to.”

Dr Young was asked by reporters about whether she expected to see an increase in cases over the coming days.

“Yes, of course I do. A lot of additional cases,” she said.

“That’s why it’s so important that we get people tested as soon as possible and that everyone follows those stay-at-home orders because we are going to see a lot more exposure venues.”

The Deputy Premier also confirmed the lockdown extension meant this weekend’s Ekka had to be cancelled for the second year in a row.

“We’ve had to make the very regrettable decision to advise the Ekka to cancel their event for this year,” Mr Miles said.

“I know that’s sad and disappointing for many, many Queenslanders who love their annual ritual. We just can’t afford to have an event like that where people travel into town, circulate in large numbers.

“The risk is just too great.

“And so I want to thank the RNA for working so closely with us, and I’m sure the Ekka, the event we love, will be back even bigger and better next year.”