Queensland schools on edge as virus intensifies

Queensland schools on edge as virus intensifies

Queensland recorded another 16 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 today, with half of those infected school-aged children.

One case was from Indooroopilly State High School, four were from Brisbane Grammar, two were from Brisbane Girls Grammar and three were from Ironside State School. There were five household/family contacts, and one was a neighbour of a known case.

Queensland Health confirmed that Sunshine Coast Grammar and Immanuel Lutheran College are among several schools where precautionary surveillance testing for Covid-19 will be undertaken.

There has now been a total of 47 cases in the cluster, which originated from Indooroopilly State High School last week.

On Saturday, Queensland's Deputy Premier, Steven Miles, announced a lockdown for all schools in the state’s south-east, imposing the toughest restrictions yet for 11 local government areas of concern – all of which have since been declared ‘national hotspots’.

However, that lockdown was extended yesterday after the state recorded a further 15 cases of the virus.

The lockdown means students in the impacted LGAs will learn from home until next Monday, 9 August. When schools reopen, all students and staff will be required to wear masks on campus.