Queensland recorded 10 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 on Friday, as a decision looms on whether lockdown will be extended beyond Sunday. The new cases have been linked to the Indooroopilly cluster, which has resulted in the infection of dozens of children from three Brisbane high schools and a primary school.
Five of Thursday’s cases are household contacts of Ironside State School cases, three are household contacts of Indooroopilly State High School students, and two are household contacts of Brisbane Boys Grammar school cases. Only two of the new topics were infectious in the community for one day during the lockdown.
The 11 local government areas of southeast Queensland are on their sixth day of strict lockdown, which the chief health officer hopes she can ease as planned at 4pm on Sunday. Chief health officer Jeannette Young said Friday’s case numbers were “very encouraging”. “It is all very reassuring, but we have got to keep it up for the next few days; we are not there yet,” she said.
“We’ve seen what’s happened in other states. We know that the Delta variant is completely different from the ones we were dealing with last year. “We can’t use the same strategies we used last year. We really have got to ramp them up.” More to come.