Qld records six new COVID-19 cases, including 1-year-old child

Queensland has recorded six new local COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with one case also detected in hotel quarantine.

All of today’s new locally acquired cases are linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and all have been in home quarantine while infectious so don’t pose a threat.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr James Smith has confirmed one of the cases is a one-year-old sibling of an existing case.


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The toddler is in a stable condition in hospital.

While the other local cases include five adults linked to Brisbane Boys’ Grammar School and Ironside State School.

“So the numbers are looking very reassuring,” Dr Smith said.

“It’s great to see that all of the six cases related to the Ironside cluster were in quarantine at the time and had no days in the community.”

It brings the total number of cases linked to the cluster to 143.

There are now just over 8,000 people still in home quarantine in Queensland.

“It’s come down from quite high numbers, almost 19,000 at one point, and we wanted to extend our thanks to all of those families that have really done it pretty tough in quarantine,” Dr Smith said.

“It’s not easy. It is a challenge. And the fact that they have been so good and so compliant about their quarantining has meant that we’ve been able to get on top of this cluster and has meant we’re in the encouraging position that we’re in now.”

Health Minister Yvette Dath confirmed Queensland officials are still closely monitoring the unfolding situation in NSW, previously warning they would not be afraid to impose a hard border closure if cases continue to climb and creep closer to the sunshine state.

At this stage, a limited number of essential workers from the northern NSW border zone are still allowed to cross into Queensland.

“We’re talking with the NSW Government, particularly about the Tweed community, to see if we can ensure that if there has to be further restrictions put in place across that border that people are able to move across,” Ms Dath said.

“Especially because we’ve got health workers and emergency workers, police, that need to be able to move back and forth quite easily, so we are having conversations with NSW currently on that.”

Queenslanders are being warned not to cross into northern NSW, with police ramping up patrols at the border.