Qld records two COVID cases as Premier defends stance on border restrictions

QUEENSLAND has recorded another two cases of COVID-19 in the state as the clusters linked to the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre continue to grow.

“Both of them were in quarantine and were known to be direct contacts of already confirmed cases,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

“One of them is the seventh member of a household, all who now have had COVID-19 but who were in quarantine, and the other a confirmed community contact of a case.”


Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett couldn’t confirm exactly how the second case contracted the virus.

“It’s more of a social type contact,” Dr Bennett said.

“There doesn’t has to be a lot of social interaction for transmission. It does vary.

“I’m sure you’re familiar with the guidelines we use, 15 minutes face to face contact or two hours in an enclosed – sharing the same enclosed space. We see transmission outside of that as well. Which is why we sort of extend the scope very broad when assessing contacts.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk faced a barrage of questions regarding a number of highly publicised border dramas, including the ongoing bungle involving four young children in New South Wales who desperately want to come into the state to see their dying father in Brisbane.

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It comes after Queensland Health denied a 26-year-old Canberra woman the chance to attend her father’s funeral yesterday, instead only allowing her to attend a brief private viewing while wearing full personal protective equipment and flanked by authorities.

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The Premier got emotional while addressing the issues with reporters but has stood by the decisions made by Queensland authorities.

“These are difficult decisions and they’re heartbreaking,” The Premier said.

“I’m human just like everyone else.

“These issues hurt me deeply. They hurt me deeply because during this pandemic I have lost loved ones as well. I know exactly what people are going through.”

Ms Palaszczuk said the decisions were not left up to her but were made by the Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, and a team of others in the specialised unit set up to deal with the lengthy list of exemption hopefuls.

“We have 80 people in this exemptions unit looking at these issues and these people are human beings as well,” the Premier said.

“They’re having to go through all the details, and make really difficult and tough decisions.”

The Premier said she was looking to bring in more staff.

“It’s absolutely crucial we have as many staff that are needed to deal with these complex, complex and heartbreaking issues. I mean it’s a very, very tough time for families,” she said.