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Queensland Health says the state recorded nine locally acquired cases yesterday, seven linked to the ‘Indooroopilly cluster’, one in the Cairns community and one on the Gold Coast currently under investigation.

The seven cases linked to the cluster were in quarantine and as a result, are not a risk to the community.

The cases take the cluster to 109, which includes 69 people aged 19 or under.

This includes 49 students and four teachers. Five schools are associated with this cluster.

There are more than 15,000 contacts associated with the cluster, including more than 11,000 in home quarantine. Of these, more than 400 are health workers.

SEQ lockdown lifted, some restrictions remain 

From 4pm yesterday, Sunday 8 August, the 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland came out of lockdown. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young applauded Queenslanders for pulling off something truly special.

Dr Young said communities and families across south east Queensland had made significant sacrifices. ‘I would like to thank everyone in the 11 local government areas who has remained vigilant and followed the restrictions brilliantly,’ said Dr Young.

‘Although several restrictions will remain to ensure everyone’s wellbeing over the next two weeks, I am so pleased we can do that only a week after we implemented it.

‘Please continue wearing masks, practising good hygiene and maintaining social distancing. This is imperative, and I know we will all do the right thing for one another.’

What’s changed from 8 August 2021

Some restrictions will continue to apply for the next two weeks, including:

  • Mask wearing at all times (including workplaces) except when eating or drinking, or exercising with your household or one other person.
  • Schools will reopen, with all staff and high school students wearing masks
  • 10 people in your home, including people who live there
  • 20 at weddings and funerals
  • Businesses and venues with one person per four square metres, or 50 percent capacity with seated, ticket allocations
  • Community sport not permitted
  • Avoid travelling to regional Queensland
  • Visitors allowed to hospitals, aged care and disability accommodation

Cairns lockdown until Wednesday 11 August at 4pm

A positive COVID-19 case was discovered in Cairns on Saturday night, prompting a 3-day lockdown for Cairns and Yarrabah communities starting today, 8 August at 4pm and scheduled to end Wednesday, 11 August at 4pm.

It is vital that Queenslanders follow the lockdown procedure for the next three days to ensure we can suppress any spread of this variant.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the decision was made to protect the Cairns and Yarrabah community as the case was in the community during their infectious period for 10 days. ‘The case has been sick for a long time, out in the community and driving people around,’ said.

‘There is a real risk that this could spread and that is why we must go early.

‘The lockdown for Cairns and Yarrabah communities will initially be three days, and I genuinely hope that’s all that is needed.

‘Please, let us stick to the letter and the spirit of the direction for the next few days and support each other through this.”

More information will be available on the Queensland Health website soon.

Contact tracing and fever clinics

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms at any time, no matter how mild, you should immediately get tested for COVID-19.

Additional testing clinics and capacity is being added to facilities in Cairns.

We are asking all Queenslanders to regularly monitor the list of exposure venues on the Queensland Health website and follow the public health advice.

Public health alert – new exposure sites for Manunda, Parramatta Park and Cairns City

A public health alert is being issued for contact tracing location in Manunda, Parramatta Parka and Cairns City.

More than 300 exposure sites are published on the Queensland Health contact tracing webpage and Queenslanders are reminded to keep checking the list.

If you have been to a listed location in the specified timeframe, follow the public health advice.

Contact tracing venues can be found at Contact tracing (exposure sites) — coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms at any time, no matter how mild, you should immediately get tested for COVID-19.

To access a full list of COVID-19 testing locations, with interactive map and post code search, visit www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing.


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School return comes with COVID-19 measures

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Storylines – Aboriginal Tent Embassy 1972–2022 – the power of patience

As the 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy draws near, the attention of the nation is again being drawn to the lawns of Old Parliament House. However, this time the actions of the few do not encompass the views and needs of First Nations people.

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COVID-19 update: restrictions extended by a month

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COVID update for January 24

Dr Kerry Chant spoke to the media this morning with a COVID update saying that in terms of our hospitals, we've currently got 2,816 People in hospital including 196 People in ICU, of whom 69 are ventilated.

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January 21 National Cabinet on Omicron, RATs, vax and treatments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a media release about yesterday's meeting of the National Cabinet.

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Biz step up to feed frontline staff

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Hospitals under strain

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1,114 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Rivers in last 24...

The Northern NSW Local Health District say that to 8pm yesterday, January 17, there were confirmed 1,114 new PCR cases of COVID-19.

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The Greens launch NurseKeeper for nurses and paramedics

The Greens have written to the Premier to ask him to immediately introduce ‘NurseKeeper’ to urgently introduce pandemic pay and bonuses for nurses and paramedics. 

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