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Queensland records nine new local COVID-19 cases – its highest daily figure in almost 12 months

Queensland has recorded nine new local COVID-19 cases as 11 local government areas in the state’s south-east begin their first full day of a snap lockdown. 

“This is the most number of new community cases that we have reported in Queensland in almost 12 months,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said on Sunday. “The last time we were at this level was August 2020.”

One of the new cases is a student at Brisbane Boys Grammar, who also attended karate classes at Ironside State School. The boy’s father has also tested positive for COVID-19. 

Two cases of the new cases are linked to Indooroopilly State High School and another two cases are linked to Ironside State School.

Five schools are now linked to the current outbreak, which began with a 17-year-old female student at Indooroopilly State High School.

Mr Miles urged more people to get tested, saying the numbers previously have been twice as high. 

“We did 11,468 tests in the last 24 hours. Our message is simple. That is not enough tests. We need more Queenslanders, particularly in the south-east to get tested.”

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said authorities are considering setting up more testing sites and drive-through clinics. 

“We have a virus that spreads in hours, not days. Our testing numbers are not high enough,” she said. 

“NSW has recorded one death every three days from this virus. We cannot be complacent. We want more people to come out to get tested.”

The list of exposure sites has been updated in the last 24 hours to include public transport routes and venues in Oxley, St Lucia and Indooroopilly. 

More to come.

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