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(AUSTRALIA) Queensland police have arrested 21 people over the past 24 hours, with the majority involved in protest activity according to ABC News: Kai-Bin Wong #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.04: One of the new cases is connected to Indooroopilly State High School, four cases have been recorded at Brisbane Grammar School and two cases are linked to Brisbane Girls Grammar School.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says Queensland records 16 community cases of #COVID19 on day three of lockdown all are linked to the Indooroopilly State High School cluster which is now at 47 cases in total and nine of the 16 new cases are students.

Health worker points as she speak to a driver at a COVID-19 testing drive-through
Cars queue up at a COVID-19 testing drive-through clinic at Toowong. (ABC News: Stephen Cavenagh)

A further three cases are linked to Ironside State School, five cases are household or family contacts of already confirmed cases, and one case is the neighbour of a known case.

An empty south-east freeway from above.
Dr Young said she was pleased to see fewer people on the roads this morning.(ABC News: Kai-Bin Wong)

They cannot leave home except in an emergency or to get a test. They’re subject to a legal notice.”What the SEQ lockdown extension means for youThe lockdown for people living in 11 local government areas from the Sunshine Coast to the border is in force until the weekend. This one is tougher than ever before.

A person tests positive to COVID-19 in Far North Queensland city of Cairns

Queensland Health has confirmed a new case of COVID-19 has been detected in a person in Far North Queensland.

The health department said the infected person lives in the Cairns region and that contact tracing had started in Cairns, Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob areas.

It is not yet known what strain of the virus the person has or how it was contracted.

Queensland Health said an investigation is underway into whether the case is currently active or historical.

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the person was fully vaccinated and had returned to Cairn’s Northern Beaches from Brisbane.

He said the person’s testing levels were low, which was why it was unclear if the case was active or not.

“Their test has come up positive but from the way the Chief Health Officer described it, it’s a very low reading on the test, that’s why they are doing re-testing,” Mr Crawford said.

He said reports of closures of a childcare centre and workers being sent home were all precautionary as Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young had described the case as fairly low risk to the community.

“We’ve got to jump on these things really, really quick,” Mr Crawford said.

Mr Crawford said the person had been admitted to Cairns Hospital as a precaution.

“The policy is that anyone who tests positive gets cared for by a hospital,” he said.

Queensland Health said testing capacity is being increased in the Cairns and Hinterland Health Service region and people could book online for a COVID-19 test at the fever clinic at Cairns Hospital or the drive-through clinic

Concern about vulnerable communities

The positive case comes on the third day of south-east Queensland’s most stringent lockdown.

He said remote communities are already in discussions over concerns around the movement of people from southern regions into vulnerable communities.

“Some places have tourists, but a lot of places have government employees and contractors but also in the Torres Strait you’ve got shipping and a range of border force and … organisations moving through,” he said. 

Sixteen locally acquired cases were announced this morning, all of which have been linked to the Indooroopilly State High School cluster.

Dr Young said she was concerned she still could not pinpoint the origins of the outbreak.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said in the past 24-hour period, 34,718 tests were conducted.

“That is an excellent result. It’s shy of our record and shy of the target of what the Chief Health Officer has set for us to be in the 40,000s,” he said.

“We are extending hours of our testing locations and new sites are opening up.”

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said it was “good” the cases were linked to the one cluster but was concerned about the origins of the outbreak.

“We know the very first two cases that arrived into Queensland on June 29, but I don’t know how it’s got from either of those two people to the first family in that Indooroopilly area,” she said.

“We need to continue testing throughout the 11 LGAs and throughout Queensland.

“It is really important so we can make sure that we don’t have any other transmission events, any outbreaks happening.”

Stay-at-home orders must be followed

About 7,995 Queenslanders are in quarantine and at least 4,089 are in home quarantine.

Dr Young said that included more than 400 healthcare workers.

Mr Miles said it was vital for everyone in home quarantine to obey the stay-at-home orders.

“Those who are subject to home quarantine directions are legally required to stay home,” he said.

Dr Young said the lockdown was critical as it would stop the spread of the virus.

“We know that there are people out there who could have been infected who have no symptoms, so the best way to deal with someone who has no symptoms is that they just stay at home,” she said.

“That’s why lockdowns work.

“We know the virus can burn out. Stay at home.

“When you get up and start your day, if you’re thinking, ‘will I or won’t I go out, can I or can’t I?’ — stay home.”

Empty intersection in Brisbane CBD.
People have been told to work from home as much as possible.(ABC News: Kai-Bin Wong)

Dr Young said for the lockdown to lift on Sunday she wanted to see any new local case to have been in quarantine for their entire infectious period.

“Someone who’s been in quarantine for their full infectious period doesn’t concern me,” she said.

“It’s people who have been out and about, so there are more exposure sites that worries me.”

Dr Young said only one COVID patient was in ICU but it was linked to a previous cluster not the school cluster.

‘Don’t go anywhere near your grandkids’

Dr Young said to date 18.47 per cent of Queenslanders were fully vaccinated and 36.97 per cent had received their first dose.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said she would accept the Commonwealth’s offer to give Queensland 150,000 extra Astra Zeneca vaccines.

“I asked the Commonwealth, do whatever approvals you need to give today, get the 150,000 vaccines here tomorrow and we will ensure that more Queenslanders are getting vaccinated by the end of this week,” she said.

But Ms D’Ath said she was concerned about the low vaccination rates in the 60 to 69 age group.

“Less than 20 per cent have had their second dose … and only just over 42 per cent of 70-plus have had their second dose,” she said.

“I want those extra doses going into arms this week. That’s critical,” Dr Young said.

The Chief Health Officer said Queensland was on the verge of a large outbreak and said under 60s should speak to a GP about AstraZeneca.

“The ATAGI advice says when when you reach a large outbreak, which I think we’re on the verge of, then that is the time to have that discussion with with your GP,” she said.

Queensland COVID-19 vaccination rates by region August 3, 2021
Queensland COVID-19 vaccination rates by region.(ABC News)

Dr Young warned grandparents who weren’t fully vaccinated to stay away from their grandchildren as a precaution.

“So far this outbreak has affected schoolkids so if you are a grandparent of one of these kids, one of these households and haven’t been vaccinated, don’t go anywhere near your grandkids,” she said.

“If you’ve had two doses of vaccine and normally provide care for grandkids so their parents can go and do essential work, then that’s fine.

“If you haven’t had your two doses of vaccine, you’re 60 or over, please stay home.

“It’s really important, because you are significantly more at risk.”

A health worker with paperwork next to a car lined up at COVID-19 testing drive-through clinic at Toowong in Brisbane
Dr Young is hoping Queensland will carry out 40,000 tests in one day.(ABC News: Stephen Cavenagh)

21 people arrested by police

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said officers had to undertake the highest level of enforcement over the past 24 hours, since the pandemic began, issuing 70 infringement notices and arresting 21 people.

Queensland police have arrested 21 people over the past 24 hours, with the majority involved in protest activity.(ABC News: Kai-Bin Wong)

“I’m sorry to say that the types of offences we’re seeing are exactly the same ones that we saw all the way through,” he said.

“People failing to carry masks and refusing to put them on when given the opportunity to do.

“People being out and about in the lockdown when they don’t have an exempt purpose to do that, no valid reason to do that.”

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