Queensland enters blockage as Delta variant spreads in Sunshine


Another Australian state government is considering a lockdown as Australia continues to work on the COVID-19 Delta stock.

The Queensland Government is trying to curb the outbreak of COVID-19 delta stocks, so it will decide whether to extend the blockade of more than half of the state’s population for more than three days.

Eleven local governments in the southeastern part of the state were ordered a three-day hard lockdown at 4 pm on Saturday in an outbreak that expanded to 18.

Nine of these cases of local virus were reported on Sunday, and authorities warned that 11,000 tests were only 25% of the tests needed to get a clear picture of the spread.

Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said Monday morning that the decision to extend the blockade would be made within the next 24 hours.

“It’s likely to be made late today or tomorrow morning,” he told ABC Radio.

“But again, we are guided by a contract tracer telling us during the day.”

Health Minister Yvette Dat said the release would depend on whether the number of new cases recorded late Monday morning was infectious in the community.

“Two days are a long time when talking about COVID. We are now talking for hours instead of days,” she told ABC Radio.

“So let’s see what the numbers are today. It’s not just the numbers. It’s about how many people are in the community while they’re infected.

“So when you look at the numbers in New South Wales, you can see that the big numbers are always a concern, but if everyone is quarantined when infected, there is no risk to the community. It won’t spread. ..

“But all nine cases announced yesterday occurred in the community during the infection.”

Lockdowns are held in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Rocky Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Sunshine Coast.

People are allowed to leave home for essential shopping, health care, essential work that cannot be done from home, long-term care, exercise within 10 km of the home, or COVID-19 testing or vaccination. I am.

Schools for all students except the children of key workers are also closed.

COVID-19 exposure sites include Bellbowrie, Chapel Hill, Jindalee, Indooroopilly, Ipswich, Kenmore, Mogil, Mount Grabat, Oxley, Prembert, South Brisbane, Spring Hill, St. Lucia, Sunnybank, Taringa, Toowong, Yeerongpilly. , Listed in Wilston.

One case also flew to Rockhampton and worked at Lukeweir when he was infected last week.

Ms. D’Ath said that Zero Patients in the West Brisbane Cluster arrived on the same flight from Singapore in late June or early July before being transferred to Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hospitals for treatment. He said he was considered to be one of the travelers.

She said Chief Health Officer Janet Young believed that one of those patients had given it to a medical student infected with a 17-year-old Brisbane schoolgirl she was teaching. ..

“I’ve seen something happening with this Dell Tavariant I’ve never seen before, but it still means that there’s a link in the community,” she said.

Treasury Secretary Cameron Dick announces $ 260 million in financial support for small businesses hit by health orders on Monday.

A $ 5,000 payment will be available to companies that have been hit by the current blockade in southeastern Queensland, blockades in other states, and border closures.

“Queensland’s economy has recovered rapidly from a short, sharp blockade, but we are witnessing the damage Delta shares are causing in other jurisdictions,” Dick said in a statement Monday.

“So far, our blockades have been months apart, giving businesses time to recover.

“But I understand that two blockades pose new challenges within a month, so we are announcing this package today.”