Fears grow Queensland will be forced to LOCKDOWN after just one new infection as state continues to implement Covid zero policy
- Fears South East Queensland could be re-locked for one case
- Four-year-old girl tested positive for Covid on Friday after zero cases before
- Queensland health would still pursue a zero-covid strategy
The Covid situation in Queensland is a ‘precarious’ position and the state could go back into lockdown soon, depending on today’s case numbers.
As other states move away from a zero-covid policy, there are fears that Queensland could go back into lockdown after a newly confirmed case – a four-year-old girl – tested positive on Friday.
A leading infectious disease expert claimed the sun’s state is “certainly in a precarious position” and if it wants to prevent any community transmission, another lockdown is possible.
“I think if there are more cases, I think it’s clear that there will be a lockdown,” said Dr. Paul Griffin, director of Infectious Diseases at Mater Hospital in Brisbane, on ABC News Breakfast.
The young girl was in close contact with a truck driver who has been contagious in the Logan community in recent days.
She tested positive on Friday, after the state previously reported zero new cases of the virus.
The girl attended a daycare center in Mt Warren Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Other children, staff and visitors who were at The Boulevard Early Learning Center on those days must be tested and then isolated for 14 days.
The positive case will also quarantine some children who go to the out-of-school care in the center.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has issued a public apology to angry Queenslanders for allowing NRL families into the state while refusing to allow stranded residents to return home.
Annastacia Palaszczuk spent this week defending the NRL arrivals but admitted on Friday that ‘it shouldn’t have happened’ when Queensland residents in COVID-19 hotspots were barred from home.
The prime minister recently imposed a two-week ban on interstate arrivals as the capacity of the state’s quarantine hotels had been stretched to their limits.
When a planeload of wives, girlfriends and children of NRL players arrived along with league officials on Monday, Queenslanders were stranded on the highway and families who had packed up their homes to move permanently to the northern state erupted in anger.
On Friday, the prime minister reiterated that the entourage was not taking any rooms in state quarantine hotels and was being relocated by the NRL. But she also accepted that the optics were not good.
“I’m sorry, it wasn’t a good thing to do when we had a break,” the prime minister said on Friday.
The arrival ban will be lifted on Saturday when 50 newly available rooms in quarantine hotels are filled.
A dramatic increase will come on Monday, when an additional 680 hotel quarantine rooms will become available.
The Prime Minister has called on everyone aged 16 and over to roll up their sleeves and protect themselves before the next cluster appears.
“This is absolutely critical that we take advantage of this opportunity to get as many Queensland residents as possible vaccinated, so if the virus gets here we’ll be well prepared,” she said.
Queensland’s vaccination rate, which is currently 51.6 percent for one dose and 32.9 percent fully vaccinated, is the second lowest in the country.
dr. Young said she wanted every eligible Queenslander to get a vaccine before the state reopens.
She took offense Friday when asked what level of COVID-19 deaths she would be comfortable with.
The question was asked in the context of the Doherty Institute model that the federal government relies on to open up the country. It describes the deaths that can be expected under various pandemic scenarios.
“I’m a doctor—none,” she replied. ‘Come on, can you remember who I am?
“I’m not comfortable with preventable deaths, so I want every Queenslander vaccinated, because that’s the best protection.”
A Gold Coast family accused of illegally traveling to Melbourne and back, who initially refused to be tested, has now relented.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said officers were trying to monitor the family’s movements through Melbourne and NSW.
‘In Melbourne we will investigate where they came from, but they also traveled through NSW. You can be sure that if there are any criminal offenses they will be investigated.’