Queensland has recorded three new community cases of Covid-19.
One is the partner of a known case and was already in isolation.
The other two are a mother and daughter from Carindale, in Brisbane. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said those cases were concerning.
“They have symptoms and were tested yesterday. They have been out quite extensively around Brisbane,” Palaszczuk said. “We really need our contact tracers… to really get on top of this issue quickly today.”
Brisbane and the Moreton Bay region will remain locked down for another 24 hours.
Palaszczuk said contact tracers needed the extra time to get a handle on the new cases. A further easing of restrictions would be discussed tomorrow.
“I want to thank everyone for doing the right thing but as you can see, we’ve just got a situation at the moment that has just come in and we really need to give the people, our contact tracers, the time to do that,” she said.
Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Townsville will see their lockdown end at 6pm tonight.
However, everyone in those areas will still need to wear masks for at least the next two weeks.
“Everyone will have to carry a mask on them and wear that mask whenever they’re outside of their home… that means going to shopping centres, hospitals, aged care facilities, churches, everywhere else,” the Premier said, adding that the measure was an “added protection” for the state.
Australians brace for lockdown decisions
The Perth and Peel regions in Western Australia will today find out today if they can emerge from their four-day lockdown.
Premier Mark McGowan ordered the regions into lockdown on Monday after a Delta strain case was discovered on Sunday. Two more cases were found on Monday, prompting the lockdown.
A fourth case was discovered on Wednesday but that person had already been in isolation.
The state has now gone 48 hours with no community cases, raising hopes the lockdown will end tomorrow morning.
This week’s lockdown is the state’s third this year.
In the Northern Territory, Chief Minister Michael Gunner revealed the state’s seventh case, a man in his 50s who spent time in the Darwin community over the weekend, including an evening at the Buff Club, had lied about his whereabouts.
The man had been under stay-at-home orders as he waited to go to the state’s quarantine facility, but visited a corner store.
“He broke the law before this happened and he lied about it,” Gunner said during a late press conference on Thursday evening.
The new exposure site, the Stuart Park corner store on Australia St in Darwin, is now classified as a casual contact exposure site.
The development may affect the state’s decision to ease or extend lockdown for some areas.
Darwin is currently in day four of a lockdown that is scheduled to end at 1pm on Friday.
New South Wales is halfway through its two-week lockdown, but authorities say the state has a long way to go before restrictions are eased.
Twelve of yesterday’s 24 new cases were in the community while symptomatic, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, warning “that needs to stop”.
“The purpose of a lockdown is to stop community transmission, and that won’t happen unless people stop interacting with one another, especially if they have symptoms,” she said.
“If we want the lockdown to succeed, all of us to have minimise our movements, all of us to have minimise our interaction with others, as difficult as that is, to make sure that the lockdown is successful,” she said.
University of NSW epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws told the ABC the Delta variant was the “fastest and fittest” mutation that the world had ever dealt with.
Due to this, authorities would need to see at least three to five days of no positive cases in the community to consider easing the lockdown, she added.
More than five millions people across Greater Sydney have been in lockdown since Saturday, with the lockdown due to end next Friday.
Those in lockdown are only permitted to leave their home for a number of key reasons, including for outdoor exercise.
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