Family of five who snuck into Queensland is refusing to get tested as Islamic school their kids attended is shut down and tracers scramble to find contacts of Covid-positive truckie
- Gold Coast family of five are in hotel quarantine after refusing Covid testing
- The family travelled to locked-down Melbourne and back via inland roads
- Two of their children then attended a local school which has been shut down
- Queensland Premier announced two new cases in state parliament on Thursday
- One is a Gold Coast truck driver infectious in the community for five days
- The truckie is believed to be in NSW and is being sought by contact tracers
A truck driver is also under investigation after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said he was one of two new Covid cases in the state.
The driver, from Windaroo south of Brisbane, travelled from Sydney and is believed to have been infectious in the community from August 28 until September 1.
He is now believed to be back in NSW. The other new case was detected in hotel quarantine.
Ms Palaszczuk told parliament on Thursday the Australian International Islamic College at Carrara had shut today as a precautionary measure after some students boasted about taking a trip to Melbourne while the city is in lockdown.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told state parliament a truck driver was under investigation as one of two new Covid cases on Thursday morning
Students and staff of the Australian International Islamic College at Carrara are in 14 days quarantine after some students boasted about taking a trip to Melbourne during its lockdown
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the family of five with children at the college recently travelled to Melbourne and then back to Queensland by road via an undetected inland route.
The entire family are now in hotel quarantine. Two of the children of the family attended the Islamic College on August 31, Ms D’Ath said.
She said the family had so far proved uncooperative in being tested or providing more detail on their movements.
Some members of the family were reported to be unwell.
‘But we don’t know if it’s COVID. We have to treat it as if it is,’ Ms D’Ath said.
‘The family has now been placed into mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine and I urge them to co-operate with authorities,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.
‘This is very serious. We need this family to co-operate with authorities.’
Ms D’Ath also told parliament the truck driver was tested at Pimpama on the northern Gold Coast and was now being sought for interview by contact tracers.
‘Queensland Health is seeking to locate this man to investigate his exposure sites and where he has been.’
She asked Gold Coast residents to check the Queensland Health website for further information as it came to hand.
Ms Palaszczuk also told parliament that Cairns Convention Centre would open as a mass vaccination hub from September 10
Ms Palaszczuk defended her warning in parliament yesterday about the effects of the Delta variant on children.
She restated her request for more modelling on the effects of the virus on unvaccinated children.
‘This is a serious issue that needs a serious discussion,’ she said.
‘These are questions that I want answers to. These are questions that Queenslanders want answers to.
‘So rather than everyone attacking, let’s get the answers and let’s have serious discussions.’
Ms Palaszczuk told parliament the Queensland exemptions unit had spoken to the parents of three-year-old Memphis, locked out of Queensland away from his parents
Ms Palaszczuk was asked by Opposition Leader David Crisafulli about the case of three-year-old Memphis, locked out of the state away from his parents.
Queensland couple Dominique Facer and Mick Francis haven’t seen their son since he went to visit his grandparents Mark and Alex on a cattle station more than 1,500 kilometres away in the NSW Riverina region on July 9.
The state slammed shut its borders with NSW at short notice two weeks later due to the worsening Covid outbreak in Sydney.
‘I’m advised that the exemptions unit have spoken to his parents and they are processing and talking to them about that exemption,’ the premier responded.
Ms Palaszczuk also told parliament that Cairns Convention Centre would open as a mass vaccination hub from September 10.
Family who snuck into Queensland refusing refusing Covid tests as Islamic school is shut down