Queensland records six new community cases of COVID-19, new restrictions announced for south-east, Townsville region



Queensland has recorded six new community cases of COVID-19 and new restrictions will be introduced for parts of the state’s south-east and the Townsville region, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says authorities are “not too concerned at this stage”.Ms Palaszczuk said four of those cases are linked to the aviation trainer cluster, which began with a man from Eatons Hill, north of Brisbane.Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said she believed the point of exposure of the four cases linked to the aviation cluster occurred on September 21.”We have multiple exposure venues across Brisbane, Moreton Bay, the Gold Coast and Townsville, so it’s very important,” Dr Young said.”If people have been in any of those LGA days since the 21st [of September] please go online and check for all those exposure venues.”One of those pilots involved in the aviation cluster went up there [to Townsville] on the 21st and has been infectious up there since then.”Queensland COVID-19 snapshotIn the past 24 hours:Locally acquired cases: 6Other sources: 0Tests: 14,216Queensland’s vaccine roll-out (percentage of those eligible):First dose: 65.15 per centSecond dose: 46.17 per centLatest information from Queensland Health.A woman from Camp Hill who visited Kyogle in Northern New South Wales has also tested positive.Dr Young said the woman had been infectious in the Queensland community between September 25 to 28.She said the woman has the Delta variant but is not “clustering with any other Queensland case”.Dr Young said the sixth case confirmed today had flown on flight VA333 from Melbourne to Brisbane on September 28 and went into hotel quarantine.Ms Palaszczuk said the woman was a Queensland resident and that she was infectious on the flight to Brisbane.”[It] shows very clearly that you can still acquire this virus in other states and bring it back into Queensland,” the Premier said.More Brisbane COVID sitesA number of new close contact exposure sites are listed across Brisbane, after CHO Jeannette Young warned she was watching the situation “very closely”.Read moreDr Young said the woman tested positive in hotel quarantine.”I have her whole genome sequence back as well. She has Delta and it is not clustering with any known case in Queensland which is to be expected — we believe she’s acquired when she’s been in Melbourne,” Dr Young said.She said there were people in the new cases announced today who had been “out and about to a significant degree since the 21st of September”.She said there were four clusters in the state — two arising from truck drivers who caught the virus from separate sources, the woman who visited Kyogle and the aviation cluster.There are 22 active cases in the state.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemicNew restrictions for south-east Queensland, Townsville regionStage two restrictions will be put in place for Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Moreton Bay, Townsville and Palm island as of 4:00pm today.LoadingThe restrictions mean a maximum of 30 people will be allowed to gather in homes and in public.Capacity at sporting events will be capped at 75 per cent.Weddings and funerals will be capped at 100 with a maximum of 20 people allowed to dance.Hospitality venues will have a reduced capacity at one person per four square metres.NRL grand final not part of lockdown consideration: PremierThe NRL grand final was still set to take place in Brisbane on Sunday but attendance will be capped at 75 per cent.Asked if the game had influenced the decision not to place south-east Queensland in lockdown, Ms Palaszczuk said it had “absolutely” played no role and she was acting on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.”Let me make it very clear that the health of Queenslanders comes first and as soon as Dr Young says we need to go move into lockdown, we will,” the Premier said.”We’ve got four of those [cases] that are linked to that cluster, plus [Queensland] Health have got all their contact tracers working and putting people into isolation so it’s going to be very critical over the next 24 to 48 hours whether or not we see any seeding into the community.”Want more local news?We offer tailored front pages for local audiences in each state and territory. Find out how to opt in for more Queensland news.Read moreEight members of the Argentinian rugby union squad have been denied re-entry into Queensland after taking a day trip to northern New South Wales from their Gold Coast base, but this Sunday’s test against the Wallabies is expected to go ahead even if they cannot play.Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said players who were turned away the border did not have an exemption to enter the state.”Anyone that comes to our border needs to understand that they, irrespective of who they are, the onus is on the individual when they want to come into this state that they have the appropriate border pass,” he said.Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 29 minutes 27 seconds29m Outbreak: How Australia lost control of the Delta variantWhat you need to know about coronavirus:Loading form…



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