QLD down to four new locally acquired cases, all in iso

QLD down to four new locally acquired cases, all in iso

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will be opening as a mass vaccination centre on Wednesday.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has reported four new cases of COVID-19, who were all in quarantine for their entire infectious period and have been linked to the Indooroopilly school cluster.

"That's the sort of news we want to wake up to," the Premier said.

There are now 12,364 people in home quarantine in Queensland, and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has reinforced the importance that these individuals continue to follow the isolation orders given one of the new cases today is a teacher at Ironside State School.

"So we're still seeing first generation cases. We all have to remember that the incubation period is 14 days, so it's really important that all of those 12,000 people do stay and adhere to that quarantine, as we go forwards," Dr Young said.

"Anyone who's in home quarantine, if they become positive that entire household then has to remain in quarantine for another 14 days, so this is a lengthy process but we all have to work together to get through."

She noted one case was a parent related to a child who attends Ironside, another is a household contact of a Brisbane Boys' Grammar School student, and the fourth is another household contact of an Ironside student.

Premier Palaszczuk has also announced as of 11 August the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will be opening as a mass vaccination centre, also with free parking.

"What we do know is some of that Pfizer is going to be coming on faster over the next couple of weeks, so from Wednesday this convention centre will be open from 8:30 to 4:30, and we are now asking people if you are between 16 and 59, you can now register on the Queensland Health website," Premier Palaszczuk said.

"Of course, a lot of people will still be going to their GPs or the pharmacist to get their vaccine. I've just heard I think that that Commonwealth Government has also approved Moderna, so we'll be getting more information about Moderna."

The Premier said there were 26,394 tests in the last 24 hours, which is a good result but Queensland residents are urged to keep up those testing numbers.

Today's update comes after 11 local government areas (LGAs) in Southeast Queensland came out of lockdown yesterday afternoon, while at the same time Cairns entered one after it was revealed a taxi driver in the Far North Queensland city had been infectious in the community for around 10 days.

The taxi driver has now been linked to a marine pilot in the Cairns area, with a lot of contact tracing now underway to establish new exposure sites. Many have been published on Queensland Health's list of sites, including Raintrees Shopping Centre in Manuda, Brothers Leagues Club in the same suburb, Café China in Parramatta Park, a medical centre and QML Pathology.

Updated at 10:49am AEST on 9 August 2021.

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