Qld records two new COVID-19 cases linked to growing cluster

Queensland has recorded two new cases of coronavirus overnight, with both of those linked to the growing cluster at a youth detention centre in Brisbane.

It takes the outbreak at the facility to nine, with a male child now among the cases.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today’s low numbers are “good result”, but revealed we’re definitely not out of the woods yet.


“We’re taking it day by day, but those results overnight are very encouraging,” the Premier said.

“Our message to Queenslanders is that if you are sick, stay-at-home and get tested”.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 6675 people have been swabbed for the virus.

“We would like to see more tests being conducted… I understand it is bitterly cold out there at the moment, but if you do have any symptoms, now is the time to get tested,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

She also revealed that there have now been 202 results from over 500 staff at the Youth Detention Centre that have come back negative.

“Out of the young people at the Youth Detention Centre we have had 111 out of 131 come back negative,” the Premier said.

“I have asked the department to prioritise the testing of the staff members and the young people and I would like to update Queensland tomorrow with a complete list of the results of those tests.”

In the wake of limits on gatherings being implemented, Ms Palaszczuk reassured Queenslanders that it was still okay to visit their favourite restaurant and cafes.

“Can I also reassure the public that businesses have in place COVID safe plans, so it is absolutely fine for you to go and visit your local cafes and restaurants and businesses where they have COVID safe plans in place,” she said.

Also, I know there would have been a lot of disappointed people out there that would have had parties scheduled to be in their homes last night.

“I apologise for that, but of course we have to put public health, community health, your health first and foremost and that is exactly what we did by taking that swift action that we had to do yesterday.”

Queensland Health has today also released a public health alert, detailing all of the places the infected people visited.

“Please, take the time to have a look at the list and if you have been to any of those places and you do have any symptoms, it is very important that you go and get tested,” the Premier said.

You can view the public health alert here.

Meanwhile, police have launched another crackdown on pubs and clubs across the state, with officers searching hundreds of licenced venues overnight.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Golschewski said all venues were following their COVID-safe plans, but it was the party-goers that were forgetting to follow the rules.

“The message to the community is please take responsibility for this, especially at the moment while we try and deal with this outbreak, we really have to be on top of our game,” he said.

In the past 24 hours, 167 people believed to have travelled from virus hotspots have been turned around at our borders.

Two on the spot fines have also been issued to motorists misuing Queensland’s border passes.

Police say they allegedly tried to enter the sunshine state using the X pass when they weren’t entitled to.

There are now 16 cases of coronavirus active across the whole state.