Covid 19 coronavirus: Snap lockdown in Queensland after 6 new cases

Southeast Queensland will be plunged into another snap three-day lockdown from 4pm today as health authorities race to quash a new outbreak of Covid-19.

The announcement came as the state recorded six new community cases of the virus on Saturday, all linked to the 17-year-old who tested positive to Covid-19 on Friday.

The new cases are the family members, and a person who tutors the girl. They are all confirmed to have the Delta strain.

It’s believed the Indooroopilly State High School student had been infectious and out in the community since July 27. She had been at school for two of those days.

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said lockdown for 11 local government areas in Brisbane was “the only way to beat the Delta strain”.

“This will be the strictest lockdown that we have had,” he said.

The University of Southern Queensland Springfield Campus has now closed for deep cleaning following revelations that staff and students interacted with members of the at-risk high school this week.

“This closure will enable a precautionary clean of the campus while we await further information from the Queensland Government,” vice-chancellor Josh Pienaar said in a statement.

Local rugby league games have also been suspended this weekend as authorities move to trace an additional suspected case.

“Due to a potential Covid-19 exposure within the Townsville Blackhawks, Queensland Rugby League has taken the precautionary steps to cancel this weekend’s matches in Townsville against the Ipswich Jets until further notice,” a statement read.

Queensland authorities yesterday extended mandated mask-wearing in 11 local government areas, including Brisbane, for another seven days.

Brisbane residents have been urged to monitor the Queensland Health website, with exposure sites expected to be added over the weekend.

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