Queensland reported 13 new community cases of COVID-19 today, triggering a longer lockdown in the state’s south-east which will now run until Sunday as fear over spread of Delta grows.
The new cases are all linked to a known outbreak which now numbers 31, Deputy Premier Steven Miles said, and includes seven students from Ironside State School who tested positive overnight.
One of the new cases had attended a karate school which trains at Ironside State School, potentially opening up further spread.
Queensland health officials are braced for “a lot of additional cases” with one of the positive cases being out infectious in the community for six days before being tested and going into isolation.
The Delta strain is known to be far more transmissible among young people than earlier variants, and rising cases detected in school students is greatly troubling health officials.
Mr Miles said the initial lockdown had been “insufficient” for the growing Delta outbreak. The snap three-day lockdown – which has forced the cancellation of the Royal Queensland Show Ekka – had been scheduled to end tomorrow, but will now last eight days, until 4pm on August 8.
Eleven LGAs are affected, including City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Regional Council, City of Gold Coast, City of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
Home learning will be in place from Tuesday for the entire week for the impacted LGAs state schools, Mr Miles said.
Private schools will also have similar arrangements.
Mr Miles said there was too much movement in the 11 LGAs.
“There’s too many cars on the road in Brisbane at the moment,” he said.
“Too many people out and about.”