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COVID Clusters Detected In Brisbane

by | Tue, Mar 30 2021

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Another eight coronavirus cases have emerged in Brisbane with two clusters now totalling 15 cases.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says six cases are believed to be linked to existing cases, while two are still under investigation.

She says there are now two distinct clusters of the UK variant of COVID-19 in Greater Brisbane, which has been locked down for three-days to stem the spread.

“Now of course we want to get on top of this community transmission,” the premier said.

“So the steps that we took to go into this lockdown, as you can see by those numbers of community transmission today, was absolutely the right call.”

Both clusters are linked to frontline healthcare workers who worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital when they were not vaccinated.

Queensland will mandate COVID vaccinations for healthcare workers with direct contact with virus patients, but the speed of the rollout is under fire.

There has been a “rapid ramp up” of the number of virus cases being managed in Queensland hospitals, with the total number of patients currently at 78.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the mandate did not come in earlier because of the number of staff needed to take care of the increased caseload.

“We didn’t have enough vaccine, we had to roll the vaccine out,” she said on Tuesday.

“It’s just so unfortunate that this outbreak has occurred when it did. Another month and all of these staff would absolutely have been protected.”

The state opposition has taken aim at the speed of the rollout, claiming frontline health workers haven’t been getting their jabs.