Qld records two new local virus cases

Qld records two new local virus cases

Coronavirus
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young "will not hesitate to recommend a lockdown" if required.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young "will not hesitate to recommend a lockdown" if required.

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The new cases emerged after 19,764 tests in the 24 hours to 6.30am on Friday.

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Queensland has recorded two new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 one day after imposing stage two restrictions on six local government areas in the southeast and Townsville.

The new cases emerged after 19,764 tests in the 24 hours to 6.30am on Friday.

One case is linked to the aviation cluster and was infectious in the community on the southern Gold Coast for four days, while staying at the Kirra Beach Resort.

The second is a man who works relocating animals interstate, who tested positive in NSW and was only infectious in Queensland for one day.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says restrictions do not need to be tightened any further in six local government areas in the southeast and Townsville as there is still no evidence of community transmission.

"If we do see any unlinked community transmission, I'm quite sure that Dr Young will not hesitate to recommend a lockdown," Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Friday.

"So that's good news for the moment, Queensland. So keep up that great work."

There are now eight cases connected to the aviation cluster, with another four separate single-person clusters across the southeast and Townsville.

Stage two restrictions are now in place Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island regions.

Visitors to private homes will be capped at 30 people and capacity limits of one person per four square metres have been imposed in indoor venues such as cafes, restaurants, cinemas and theatres.

Weddings and funerals will also be capped at 100 people, and crowds at large venues such as the NRL grand final will be restricted to 75 per cent capacity.

There are more than 80 exposure sites in Brisbane, including 20 close contacts sites, in the CBD, Albany Creek, Aspley, Camp Hill, Cannon Hill, Carindale, Eatons Hill, Hamilton, Rocklea, Spring Hill and South Brisbane.

Nine COVID-19 exposure sites have been added in North Lakes, Kippa-Ring and Highland Park. Only two are considered close: a fruit shop and a bottle shop in North Lakes.

A further eight exposure venues, including one close contact site, have been listed in the Gold Coast suburbs of Miami, Mermaid Waters, Merrimac, Nerang and Surfers Paradise.

Australian Associated Press

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