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Brisbane Youth Detention Centre workforce to be replaced in bid to manage COVID cluster

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Queensland’s Director General of Youth Justice says the workforce at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre will be replaced this week in a bid to manage a growing outbreak of coronavirus at the facility.

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Queensland’s Director General of Youth Justice said the workforce at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre would be replaced this week in response to the coronavirus outbreak at the facility.

The Department of Youth Justice, Corrective and Police services will deploy staff to take over while the centre’s workers isolate and get tested.

It comes after a prisoner worker tested positive for the virus, triggering an outbreak at the facility that caused restrictions to be reimposed across the state and hundreds of staff and inmates to undergo rigorous testing.

So far, 202 staff and 111 inmates have returned negative results and nine cases have been linked to the facility at Wacol.

Director General of Youth Justice Bob Gee said the replacement workers will be swapped in this week.

“An executive director will come down from Townsville,” he said.

“There will be well over 100 Department of Youth Justice staff to move in. Police service, in fact a superintendent and others will come in as well.

“Department of Corrective services will also help us, as will a range of other agencies.”

Urgent contact tracing has begun across Greater Brisbane as authorities try to contain a coronavirus outbreak.

The Queensland Government has released a list of venues visited by confirmed coronavirus cases, which is expected to be updated again today.

– ABC / © 2020 Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

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