No new cases with authorities ‘on top’ of Ipswich cluster
QUEENSLAND recorded no new COVID-19 cases overnight with authorities believing they are getting “on top” of the clusters in Ipswich and Logan.
Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said testing numbers had lifted in the past 24 hours after concerns of complacency earlier in the week.
Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said she was concerned about possible community transmission in the eastern suburbs of Ipswich after a positive case visited three areas.
There has been just one new case in the last four days, who was a returned traveller from overseas already in hotel quarantine in the Metro North area.
“We’ve had three zero days in the last four days and it’s now more than four days since we’ve had any cases related to the clusters in the south east,” Mr Miles said.
“We’ve had four cases over the last five days, all of those in quarantine.
“And just five cases over the last seven days which is very promising.
“The three days prior to that we had 12 cases, mostly related to those clusters.
“That’s designed to give you just a sense of how we are getting on top of those clusters particularly in the south side of Brisbane and the Ipswich area.”
The number of active cases in Queensland has dropped to 28 with more than 6400 people getting tested in the past 24 hours.
Restrictions on gatherings and visitors to hospitals and aged care facilities on the Gold Coast and the Darling Downs will be lifted as a result.
There is some way to go before restrictions, which limit gatherings in homes to 10 people, are eased in the West Moreton region.
“It’s now 17 days since those confirmed cases on the Gold Coast and we’ve had no further cases on the Gold Coast nor have we have any contact tracing locations in the Darling Downs region,” Mr Miles said.
“We would hope if we saw that four days (of zero cases) turn into 14 days in the metro area and Ipswich, we could relieve some of those restrictions.
“In my briefing this morning with the chief health officer, she indicated that she had received further genome sequencing of all of the cases related to the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, the West Moreton health service and the correctional academy and that all of them are confirmed to be very, very closely related.”
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