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Six new COVID cases in Qld, one locally acquired

A women is seen walking along the New Farm Riverwalk in Brisbane A women is seen walking along the New Farm Riverwalk in Brisbane
Conrad Doyle | 29 March, 2021, 05:19

"And that is of now concern to Queensland Health and of course concern to me".

"I know this will mean some disruption to people's lives but we've done this before and we've got through it over those three days in the past and if everyone does the right thing I'm sure that we will be able to get through it again".

"This will also enable our health authorities to get on top of the contact tracing". Anyone who has been in Brisbane since March 20 will also come under the restrictions.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said two new coronavirus testing facilities would be opened at Brisbane's Eight Mile Plains and Coomera on the Gold Coast.

"We have had over 11,000 tests in the last 24 hours so we thank everyone for coming forward for those tests and we want that to continue", she said.

She said during a press conference this morning two colleagues of one of the recent cases tested positive yesterday.

"For the rest of the state outside the five local government areas that make up greater Brisbane I am asking that you wear a mask when you can't physically distance when you are inside and in public transport", Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.

"We would like to rule out every single possibility here; the sooner that everyone does this (get tested), the better we will be", she said. Anyone who visited one of the listed venues, including BWS and Dan Murphy's bottle shops in Strathpine, is instructed to get tested for COVID today.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young is scheduled to brief the Premier about the unfolding emergency today and further announcements are expected.

The number of worldwide flight arrivals will be halved, to ease pressure on hospitals also dealing with a surge in Covid-19 cases from neighbouring Papua New Guinea.

It is not yet clear exactly when the pair visited or which venues they attended, only that they were infectious at the time.

"We will need to wait for genome sequencing results".

The Eatons Hill Hotel has also been identified as a location of concern linked to the Strathpine case.

In a health advice issued overnight, QLD Health said that the man from the city's north "hosted a gathering of around 25 people at his home between being instructed to isolate and getting his positive test results".

New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT have declared the two Queensland council areas as hotspots.

The lockdown restrictions will be reviewed on Wednesday night.

Ms Palaszczuk said the next two days were "critical".

"What we do know is that cafes and restaurants are higher risk, people are sitting there for a period of time, what we have lent the last 24 hours is that this gentleman had been at the restaurant for nearly three hours", she said.

Interstate travel to and from Brisbane will now be restricted until it's no longer listed as a virus hotspot.

"It was important information that we put out, based on the facts we had at the time, because if we had not, and that had gone out in some other way, then we would not be transparent about what we knew".

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