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Eight new cases, school closed in state's worst COVID day in five months

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Eight new cases have been confirmed, all linked to two clusters in south-east Queensland. Suddenly, the threat is real again.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament this morning there had been eight new cases recorded overnight. Five of those were linked to the Queensland Corrective Services Academy cluster at Wacol, and three to the Ipswich Hospital cluster including two more staff.

That is the most new infections in Queensland in a single day since April 18, around the time the state recorded its last death.

Palaszczuk said the five were from one family household and already in quarantine, an endorsement of Queensland Health’s rapid response.

“We do not have concerns at this stage about any spread,” Palaszczuk said.

Victoria’s Wednesday spike has struck again, with 11 coronavirus deaths and 76 new cases.

The deaths take the state toll to 694 and the national figure to 781. It’s the first time since Saturday that fatalities have been in double figures.

NSW has reported nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the cluster linked to Concord and Liverpool hospitals to 12, including eight healthcare workers.

Palaszczuk said Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young would ensure Ipswich Hospital staff had sufficient personal protective equipment. Seven staff in total have been infected so far.

Some 12,075 tests were conducted in a 24 hour period – and the number of tests during the pandemic will likely surpass one million before the end of the day.

“Queenslanders continue to step up and do their best to help us stop this virus in its tracks,” Palaszczuk said.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said contact tracers had been working throughout the night and would add to the list of public places subject to a health alert today. Already, the list stands at 46 places.

Miles said St Edmund’s College at Woodend would be closed for at least 48 hours for contact tracing and deep cleaning. It is the second school to be affected by the recent clusters, which are thought to have originated from an ill-fated trip to Melbourne by three young women.

Queensland has 29 active cases, from 1,143 diagnosed during the pandemic.

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