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Additional restrictions to ease in Ipswich on Friday

No new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Queensland overnight, marking 14 days since the last positive case was active in the community.

There are five active cases remaining in Queensland, from a total of 55 cases linked to the Ipswich Hospital and the Youth Detention Centre and Corrections clusters.

As a result, Health Minister Steven Miles has announced additional restrictions will ease in Ipswich from 1am Friday, September 25.

Restrictions will also be lifted for Brisbane, Logan City, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay, and Redlands.

As part of the easing of restrictions, up to 30 people will now be able to gather in people’s home and outdoor areas.

Visitors will be permitted at hospitals, but may be required by the hospital to wear PPE.

Aged care facilities can accept visitors when they are ready to do so.

The timing coincides with the lifting of the ACT as a hotspot also from 1am Friday.

The Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young called on residents to get tested if they have any symptoms to ensure Queensland Health can find the first case in any cluster.

“We are now eight months into knowing more about this virus,” Dr Young said.

“Reducing the number of people in gatherings, where there isn’t a COVID Safe Plan, is keeping us safe.”

Dr Young said she was amazed that the clusters were contained.

“We got those cases and where they were spreading, I was amazed that we managed to contain it,” Dr Young said.

“It was due to an enormous amount of hard work by the community adhering to all of the requirements, and the public health units, particularly the West Moreton and Metro South, who managed those contacts so successfully.”

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, fatigue or loss of taste or smell.

Fever clinics and testing locations: www.westmoreton.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

For the latest contact tracing locations click here.

For information about COVID-19 in other languages, click here.

 

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