Covid-19 Australia: Queensland three day snap lockdown likely to be extended

Covid-19 Australia: Queensland three day snap lockdown likely to be extended
Covid-19 Australia: Queensland three day snap lockdown likely to be extended

The three day snap lockdown in south-east Queensland could be extended as the state braces for more Covid-19 cases and lists two prestigious schools as exposure sites. 

Eleven local government areas have begun their first day of lockdown with Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim residents confined to their homes.

The stay-at-home orders were announced after the state recorded six new cases of the highly-infectious Delta strain of the virus on Saturday - all linked to a 17-year-old schoolgirl.

The lockdown is set to end on Tuesday though fears have been raised it could be extended with the Covid-19 cluster expected to grow after already spreading to two prestigious schools. 

Mater Hospital Director of Infectious Diseases Paul Griffin warned there was a 'fairly low' chance restrictions would be eased on time.

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The three day snap lockdown in south-east Queensland is likely to be extended as the latest outbreak spreads across the state and through several top schools

The three day snap lockdown in south-east Queensland is likely to be extended as the latest outbreak spreads across the state and through several top schools

Eleven local government areas have begun their first day of lockdown with Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim residents confined to their homes

Eleven local government areas have begun their first day of lockdown with Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim residents confined to their homes

The lockdown is set to end on Tuesday though fears have been raised it could be extended as the state braces for more Covid-19 cases with two prestigious schools recording positive cases (pictured, Brisbane Grammar School confirmed a pupil had tested positive to Covid-19)

The lockdown is set to end on Tuesday though fears have been raised it could be extended as the state braces for more Covid-19 cases with two prestigious schools recording positive cases (pictured, Brisbane Grammar School confirmed a pupil had tested positive to Covid-19)

'I would think, with the number of additional cases overnight, the additional schools, that the chance of this ending after three days is fairly low,' he told Courier Mail.

'But, of course, we need everyone to do the right thing so that we can get on top of it as quickly as possible and be out of lockdown as soon as it's appropriate.'  

Two high schools - including the prestigious Brisbane Grammar School - are the latest to be caught up in the Covid outbreak in Queensland as the state endures another hard lockdown.

On Saturday night, parents from BGS, which charges almost $28,000 in fees each year for students in years 7-12, were notified a pupil had tested positive to the virus.

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Anyone at the school's Spring Hill campus on July 28, 29 and 30 was ordered into home isolation until further advice was provided by Queensland Health.

The development comes as St Peters Lutheran College in Indooroopilly, in Brisbane's west, also sent out an email to parents confirming the school had been identified by Queensland Health as a possible exposure site.

'They (Queensland Health) have asked for all members of the St Peter's community to quarantine/isolate in place until further notice,' the email read. 

Among the venues added to the growing list of exposure sites are a Coles supermarket, numerous chemists and even a handful of bus routes.

Oxley, in Brisbane's south-west, has three fresh exposure sites - an Aldi supermarket, (Sunday 25 July, 8.55am to 9.25am) Chemist Warehouse (Sunday 25 July, 9.10am to 9.30am) and a Country Markets (Sunday 25 July, 8.30am to 9.10am).

Jindalee's Coles, (Thursday 29 July, 2.55pm to 3.15pm) also in the south-west, a McDonald's (Sunday 25 July, 6.20pm to 6.55pm) and a Terry White Chemmart (Thursday 29 July, 3pm to 3.20pm) in the same suburb were also exposed.

The same applies for Highgrove Bathrooms in East Brisbane (Thursday 29 July, 11am to 11.25am) and the Southbank TAFE (Wednesday 28 July, 6pm to 9pm) in South Brisbane.

Brisbane Grammar School has been identified as a possible Covid exposure site - parents were informed via email on Saturday

Brisbane Grammar School has been identified as a possible Covid exposure site - parents were informed via email on Saturday

St Peters Lutheran College in Indooroopilly was also identified as a possible Covid exposure site in Queensland

St Peters Lutheran College in Indooroopilly was also identified as a possible Covid exposure site in Queensland

Latest Covid exposure sites in Queensland

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must get tested and then isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

Blunder Road Country Markets, 3/150 Blunder Rd Oxley, Sunday 25 July 8.30am to 9.10am

ALDI Oxley, 146 Blunder Rd Oxley, Sunday 25 July, 8.55am to 9.25am

Chemist Warehouse, 146 Blunder Rd Oxley Sunday 25 July  9.10am to 9.30am

McDonalds, Jindalee Homemaker City, 12A Goggs Rd Jindalee 6.20pm to 6.55pm

Bus Route 66, UQ Lakes Bus Station to PA Hospital Bus Station Wednesday July 28, 12.20pm to 12.40pm  

Bus Route 29, PA Hospital Bus Station to UQ Lakes Bus Station, Wednesday July 28,  2.30pm to 2.50pm

Southbank TAFE, F Block Level 5 Rm 501566,  Ernest St South Brisbane, Wednesday July 28, 7pm to 9pm

Highgrove Bathrooms, 899 Stanley St East East Brisbane, Thursday July 29 11am to 11.25am

Coles Jindalee, Corner Goggs and Sinnamon Rds Jindalee, Thursday July 29 2.55pm to 3.15pm

Terry White Chemmart Jindalee, 4/168 Sinnamon Rd Jindalee, Thursday July 29,  3pm to 3.20pm

Bus Route 412, Sir Fred Schonell Dve, St Lucia to UQ Chancellor's Place, University of Queensland, Friday July

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