September 9, 2020

Eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Queensland on Wednesday – the largest daily number since the latest cluster began in mid-August.

Most of the new cases were detected in quarantine as they are household contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Five of the cases are from the same family and relate to the cluster at the Queensland Corrections Training Academy.

The other three cases are linked to a cluster at the Ipswich Hospital, including two healthcare workers already in quarantine and one of their children, a student at St Edmund’s College, Ipswich.

Queensland Health said the risk at the school was considered low due to the student’s limited time there before being diagnosed. The school will reopen after undergoing a deep clean.

Thursday’s tally brings the total number of confirmed cases associated with the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre and Training Academy cluster to 43.

This includes seven staff from Ipswich Hospital.

“I want to assure Queenslanders that although that number is our highest daily tally for some time, each of those people diagnosed is related to existing cases,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“This is not a time for alarm, this is a time for thanks that our testing system is so professional and Queenslanders are so vigilant, and that we’ve had remarkable success in containing this virus.”

There are currently 29 active cases in Queensland, including 10 people in hospital.

The active cases are being handled by the West Moreton (17 cases), Sunshine Coast (1), Metro South (6), Gold Coast (3) and Children’s Health (2) Hospital and Health Service regions.

There are no active cases in the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Region, which includes the South Burnett.

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