There’s been seven new locally acquired coronavirus cases in Queensland overnight, but authorities aren’t too worried about any of them.
All seven are linked to the Indoorapilly cluster in Brisbane, and all were isolating throughout their whole infectious period.
Friday 13 August – coronavirus cases in Queensland:
7 new locally acquired cases – all linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and detected in home quarantine.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) August 13, 2021
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It comes as the families in home quarantine prepare to emerge from midnight tonight, provided none of them have tested positive over the last two weeks.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has thanked them all for staying home.
It comes as the definitions of essential workers is restricted for communities along the Qld/NSW border overnight, in the hopes of limiting the amount of people coming over the border.
Teachers, childcare workers, sales reps and hospitality employees are now not allowed to come into Queensland if they’ve been outside of the Tweed.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath says she knows it’s difficult for teachers, who’ve previously been exempt from these rules, but the latest outbreak in Brisbane has shown how risky it can be.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is now eager to have a more detailed plan from New South Wales on how they’re working to stamp out what has become a ‘large outbreak’.
“It’s not just in Sydney now, it’s encroaching in other parts of the state, that’s a real concern.
“It’s up near the border, it’s a real concern,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
National Cabinet is meeting again today.