Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced lockdowns will be lifted for much of Queensland this evening as planned, but the detection of two new cases who visited numerous central Brisbane sites means the state capital's restrictions will be prolonged for an extra day.
The ongoing lockdown will apply to both the Brisbane City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council areas, after a mother and daughter from Carindale got tested yesterday and returned positive COVID-19 results. A third locally acquired case has also been reported - the partner of a case from yesterday.
"They had been out quite extensively around Brisbane," the Premier said.
"Because our contact tracers need that extra time, we need another 24 hours," she said.
"We will come back early tomorrow morning once our contact tracers get on top of this, and we'll look at the case numbers overnight."
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young revealed several venues the mother and daughter had visited:
- Harris Farm Markets, West End - Sunday, 26 June (11:50am-1:50pm)
- Woolworths, West End - Sunday, 26 June (approximately 1:50-1:55pm)
- Greek Orthodox Community Centre, South Brisbane - Monday, 28 June (most of the day)
- Greek Orthodox Community Centre, South Brisbane - Tuesday, 29 June (most of the day)
- Espresso Engine, Turbot St - Tuesday, 29 June (7:20-7:30am)
- Woolworths Metro, Turbot St - Tuesday, 29 June (9:30-9:35am)
- JB Hi-Fi, Albert St - Tuesday, 29 June (12:20-12:30pm)
- Zara, Queen St - Tuesday, 29 June (12:30-12:41pm)
- Mecca Maxima, Queen St - Tuesday, 29 June (12:42-12:50pm)
"We will get more information but you can see there's a lot of venues there that we're now going to have to go and contact trace," Dr Young said.
"I also need to know whether they're linked to any of our current Delta outbreaks, because of course, that's more contagious, or whether to our Alpha outbreak related to the Portuguese centre.
The local government areas (LGA) where the lockdown will end tonight are Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Townsville, but some restrictions will still apply in these regions for the next two weeks.
"That means everyone will have to carry a mask on them and wear that mask whenever they're outside of their home, but of course not when you're driving your vehicle," the Premier said.
"This is our added protection at the moment until everyone gets their vaccine."
The Premier will also be calling for a 50 per cent reduction in Queensland's international arrivals intake at today's National Cabinet to reduce pressure on the health system.
Updated at 8:55am AEST on 2 July 2021.
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