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COVID-19 update: Three-day lockdown ordered

By Ellie Boswell

Queensland will go into lockdown for three days from 6pm tonight, after four new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the past 24 hours. Two of these are the result of community transmission.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young have just updated the Queensland Community.

The two cases of community transmission are a miner in Ipswich linked to the Northern Territory mine outbreak, who is isolating and considered low risk, and the other is a casual clerical worker who works on reception outside the COVID ward at Prince Charles Hospital.

The woman, aged 19, lives at Sandgate and has been to Townsville and Magnetic Island. She has also been to the Woolworths at Sandgate and a gym. She was not vaccinated and the Premier says there will be a full investigation to find out why. At this stage, it is unclear which variant she has, but more information is likely later today.

One of her close friends and two of her family members are sick and are being tested. There are four people in her household.
Dr Jeannette Young says she is concerned about outbreaks on four fronts – the miners linked to the NT mine (Delta strain), the Virgin flight crew member and the five flights possibly exposed, the Portuguese restaurant cluster and the latest case of a Prince Charles Hospital administration worker.

The administration worker started to show symptoms last Monday and has been infectious since June 19. On Sunday, June 20, she went to Woolworths at Sandgate (9.30-10.30am) and Bay Health Gym (10-noon).

She worked at Prince Charles Hospital on Tuesday and Wednesday last week and travelled on VA369 from Brisbane to Townsville on Thursday, June 24, and was at Brisbane Airport for about an hour before her flight.

She and her family group then travelled to Magnetic Island and back to Townsville and then travelled on VA387 to Brisbane.

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