Queensland has recorded nine new local cases of COVID-19, all linked to the existing cluster in Brisbane, with five schools now caught up in the current outbreak.
That’s the state’s highest daily increase in more than 12 months and takes the current cluster to 18.
Four of the new cases are linked to a karate school at Ironside State School in Brisbane.
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One of those cases is also a student from Brisbane Boys Grammar School. His father has also been infected.
Two of the new cases are linked to Indooroopilly State High School, and two are linked to Ironside State School.
All cases have been confirmed as being the Delta strain linked to the 17-year-old student from Indooroopilly State High.
Brisbane Girls Grammar School and St Peters Lutheran College have also been identified as potential exposure sites.
There were 11,468 tests done in the last 24 hours, but Deputy Premier Steven Miles says that’s not high enough.
“We need more Queenslanders, particularly in the south-east to get tested. While that is a high bar, a high turnout for a Saturday, in previous outbreaks that were not this serious, we were consistently
testing more than twice that number,” Dr Miles said.
Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says they are still to find the link between this outbreak and two returned travellers who have the same genome sequencing, leading to fears there’s an undiagnosed case in the community,” Dr Young said.
“It is vital, anyone with any symptoms at all, it doesn’t matter where you are, because I don’t know where this virus is at the moment. Please come forward because then we will be able to find those other chains of transmission which I suspect are out there.”
Dr Young says she’s particularly concerned there are undiagnosed cases on the Sunshine Coast.
It comes as the southeast wakes from its first night of the snap lockdown with the Chief Health Officer warning it’s still too early to say whether the lockdown will have to be extended.
“We have a lot to get through in the next three days if we are going to be able to remove these requirements to stay at home.”
But infectious disease expert Paul Griffin has warned the three-day lockdown might not be long enough for authorities to get on top of things.
“Obviously, we always have to look at the numbers to see. I would think that with the number of additional cases overnight, the additional schools that the chance of this ending after three days is fairly low,” Professor Griffin told the ABC.
“But of course we need everyone to do the right thing so that we can get on top of it as quickly as possible and be out of lockdown as soon as it’s appropriate.”
More to come