QUEENSLAND has recorded another two new local cases of COVID-19 linked to the latest Brisbane cluster but officials are still confident a lockdown won’t be needed.
The two new cases are students from Sir Thomas Moore College in Sunnybank but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said they aren’t too concerned.
“We consider them, at this stage, to be low-risk,” she said at a Monday press conference.
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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said there would be some exposure sites linked to the latest cases.
“They were both in home quarantine,” Dr Young said.
“One had a short period of time infectious in the community before they went into quarantine so there are some additional exposure venues up on the website.
“I’m fairly confident that cluster is in hand.”
The Premier was hopeful a snap lockdown would not be needed.
“I’m a lot more comfortable,” the Premier said.
“Queenslanders, especially in the southeast, have been very concerned about whether or not we are.
“As I said the other day, we would be looking to see if there was any seeding that happened outside that home quarantine.
“So fingers cross, it’s all looking good at the moment.”
Queensland Police are still investigating how and why three people from New South Wales came into Queensland, spreading the virus to the family in Brisbane that sparked the latest outbreak.
It’s understood they did have passes to enter the state.
We are investigating the circumstances of that,” Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.
“That’s going to take some time to do that because we need to access other documentation and of course some of those people have returned to New South Wales.
“Hopefully, in the next couple of days, we’ll get some clarity on that.”
Officials also announced that restrictions for hospitals and aged care and disability facilities in Brisbane and Logan have now been lifted.
The Chief Health Officer has urged residents in the southeast to remain vigilant.
“Also, anyone who lives in Brisbane or Logan, if you have any symptoms at all, as this family did, please come out and get tested as quickly as possible,” Dr Young added.
“If we can find people very early on in an outbreak, it means we can immediately respond as we’ve done with this most recent cluster so we don’t have to have restrictions continuing going forward.”
14,506 tests were conducted across Queensland in the last 24 hours.