Qld records 7 local cases as many prepare to come out of home quarantine

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.


ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT


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.

“Once again, it’s been very important for people to stay home in home quarantine. I thank everybody who’s been doing that.

“I know quite a few people will come out of that lockdown tonight.

“And, of course, we’ve seen Indooroopilly State High School open again today as well.

“So, thank you to everyone who’s been doing a terrific job. I know it’s been an inconvenience to many families out there, but you have helped to keep Queensland safe,” the Premier said in Friday morning’s coronavirus update. 

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.

There has been a discussion about teachers and childcare workers, because in the past they haven’t necessarily been excluded from these movements.

“The reason why we have to exclude them in relation to these seven LGAs – and it’s only the seven LGAs that New South Wales have put into lockdown – is because we cannot risk these teachers and childcare workers coming into Queensland, going into our schools and our day care centres,” Minister D’Ath said.

Related article: Qld shuts border to more workers after changes to ‘essential’ list

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.