The Royal Queensland Show, known as ‘the Ekka’, will be cancelled and stay-at-home orders extended in efforts to curb the spread of the Delta variant in the Sunshine State.
Queensland health authorities confirmed 13 new cases of coronavirus in the community overnight, with the lockdown of 11 local government areas to remain in place until 4pm Sunday.
All of the infections have been linked to a growing outbreak through genome testing, bringing the total number of cases related to the cluster to 31.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the initial 3-day would not be lifted as planned.
“It’s starting to become clear that the initial lockdown will be insufficient for the outbreak. So we’re advising south-east Queenslanders in the 11 LGAs that the lockdown will be extended until 4pm on Sunday. That will make it an 8-day lockdown,” Mr Miles said.
“But for it to work, for us to come out of this at the weekend, we need absolutely everyone in those LGAs to stay at home if they can. ”
He said it was “absolutely critical” that residents follow the rules, revealing health authorities are concerned about non-compliance – particularly with people still going to work.
“There’s too many cars on the road in Brisbane at the moment. Too many people out and about. And if absolutely have to leave your home, please make sure that you wear a mask. Just because you worked in previous lockdowns, doesn’t mean that you should work through this lockdown,” he said.
Kids will need to learn from home for the rest of the week.
The EKKA has also been cancelled, with Mr Miles acknowledging this was “sad and disappointing” news for Queenslanders, but the risk is too great.
More to come.