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Australia Covid live update: Queensland records nine new cases on first full day of lockdown; four new cases in Victoria Australia Covid live update: NSW reports 239 new cases as Queensland records nine on first full day of lockdown; four new cases in Victoria
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Queensland reports nine new cases of Covid-19 as three million people across the state begin their first full day in lockdown; Victoria records four new local cases. Follow all the day’s newsQueensland reports nine new cases of Covid-19 as three million people across the state begin their first full day in lockdown; Victoria records four new local cases. Follow all the day’s news
Dr Jeremy McAnulty is going through the NSW case numbers.
He says there were 241 cases of Covid-19 recorded in NSW in the 24-hours to 8pm last night — that’s two in hotel quarantine and 239 in the community.
Of the 239, 139 have been linked to known clusters and 124 are under investigation.
Eighty of the cases were in isolation throughout their entire infectious period, 35 were in isolation for part of their infectious period, and 26 were infectious in the community.
You may notice that that doesn’t add up to 239, and it also doesn’t quite match what Berejiklian said earlier. We’ll get to the bottom of it.
The NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian is speaking in Sydney now. She has urged everyone who can to come forward and get vaccinated, including younger people getting AstraZeneca.
NSW has recorded 239 new cases of Covid-19, with 35 infectious in the community
There were 87,000 tests in the 24-hours to 8pm.
Victoria is holding its daily coronavirus press conference at 11.10am.
I may be slightly losing it but this time made me laugh out loud. No clash at all with NSW!
Giving the update will be chief health officer Brett Sutton and acting Covid-19 commander, Naomi Bromley.
We are expecting the NSW covid update at 11am.
In the mean time, the Australian eventing team is tackling the cross country course in Tokyo this morning. Shane Rose and Virgil have jumped clear with no time penalties — one of only three riders to jump clear inside the time so far.
Jonelle Price riding Grovine de Reve and Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam also jumped clear but outside the course time of 7 minutes and 45 seconds, at 7:50 and 7:51 respectively. Very low penalties. It puts Australia in a good position.
One possible link from the overseas cases to the 17-year-old Indooroopilly State High School is a medical student who tutored them.One possible link from the overseas cases to the 17-year-old Indooroopilly State High School is a medical student who tutored them.
Young says she is not sure that the medical student is the index case for this outbreak, but it is being investigated. The medical student had an appointment to be vaccinated but had not received the shot yet. Medical students being part of the 1B cohort, meaning they have been eligible since April.Young says she is not sure that the medical student is the index case for this outbreak, but it is being investigated. The medical student had an appointment to be vaccinated but had not received the shot yet. Medical students being part of the 1B cohort, meaning they have been eligible since April.
The Ekka, the Royal Brisbane Show, is due to run from 7 to 15 August. It’s not yet clear whether that will go ahead.The Ekka, the Royal Brisbane Show, is due to run from 7 to 15 August. It’s not yet clear whether that will go ahead.
The organisers have delayed setting up in response to the lockdown. Young says the show organisers are working very closely with her public health team.The organisers have delayed setting up in response to the lockdown. Young says the show organisers are working very closely with her public health team.
Young says that people must wear a mask when outdoors, even when exercising, unless they are doing ‘strenuous exercise’. Young says that people must wear a mask when outdoors, even when exercising, unless they are doing “strenuous exercise”.
Young says she thinks the virus has spread in schools during this outbreak because masks are not worn in schools.Young says she thinks the virus has spread in schools during this outbreak because masks are not worn in schools.
Young said the threshold for lifting the lockdown will be when she is “confident that all the cases that potentially have been exposed are safely in quarantine and are unlikely to end up having been infectious out in the community”.Young said the threshold for lifting the lockdown will be when she is “confident that all the cases that potentially have been exposed are safely in quarantine and are unlikely to end up having been infectious out in the community”.
Young says Queensland should aim for 40,000 tests per day. That would be a record number of tests for that state.Young says Queensland should aim for 40,000 tests per day. That would be a record number of tests for that state.
The Indooroopilly outbreak has been linked to the strain carried by two people who arrived from overseas, but Young says she does not know how the virus went from the quarantine system to the 17-year-old high school student.
The Queensland health minister Yvette D’Ath warns that the delta strain “spreads in hours not days”.
She has highlighted how deadly the virus has proved in Sydney.
D’Ath says she will be writing to the clerk of the Queensland legislative assembly to push back the estimate hearings, in order to comply with the lockdown rules.
Young said there had been some confusion about the difference between being in lockdown and being in quarantine.
The lockdown rules require you to stay at home unless you have one of the five authorised reasons to leave — exercise, essential shopping, essential work that can’t be done from home, medical and carers needs, and getting tested or vaccinated.
But if you’re in quarantine, because you were at an exposure site or are a close contact, you cannot leave home for any reason. If you need groceries, you can’t go out and shop — you need to call Queensland health for assistance.
Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young has urged everyone on the Sunshine Coast to get tested if they have any symptoms or have been at an exposure site, “because I suspect that is where this outbreak started”.
Miles says there are now five schools which are considered exposure sites.
They are Indooroopilly state high school, Ironside state school, St Peters, Brisbane Grammar School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School. That includes people who attended an open day at Brisbane Girls Grammar School.
Miles also ads that people in the 11 LGAs under the lockdown will be eligible to apply for the Commonwealth’s Covid disaster payment if they lose more than 20 hours work in a week due to the lockdown.
That brings the number of cases in the Indooroopilly cluster to 18. This cluster is the delta strain.
Miles says four of the new cases are linked to a karate school attended by one of the cases reported yesterday. The karate school is at Ironside State School, but attended by kids from other schools.
One of the new cases from the karate school is a student from Brisbane Boys Grammar. Their father has also tested positive.
There are two cases linked to Indooroopilly State high School and two cases linked to Ironside state school.
Miles said just 11,468 tests were done in the past 24 hours.
Queensland has reported nine new cases of Covid-19.
All were in the community and are linked to yesterday’s cases.
Deputy premier Steven Miles says:
Speers asks Hazzard if there is any modelling to suggest that NSW will get the number of people infectious in the community to zero, or close to zero, at the end of this current four-week extension of the lockdown.
Hazzard says the modelling is dependent on the inputs, which is kind of like saying graphs are dependent on numbers.
He puts it back on the vaccine rollout.
But back on the modelling. Is there modelling showing NSW will get back to zero infectious in the community in four weeks?
Speers: But what does it show at the moment? Have you got any modelling that says, ‘This will be over in four weeks’?
Hazzard:
Speers: It doesn’t sound like it’s very concrete.
Hazzard:
Back to Brad Hazzard on insiders. David Speers points out that even the prime minister has now acknowledged that the key lesson of the lsat six weeks is it’s better to go hard and early with a lockdown.
Does Hazzard acknowledge that NSW should have gone earlier?
He does not, and again points to the “challenge” posed by the south-western suburbs of Sydney, which he relates to the northern and north-western suburbs of Melbourne in that both are culturally diverse communities.
Shouldn’t you have learned from the Victorian experience, asks Speers? And do you offer an apology for locking down earlier?
Hazzard:
Leaving that interview briefly to go to Queensland: the deputy premier, Steven Miles, will hold a press conference at 10am.