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Gatherings in homes in southeast Queensland will be limited to 10 people as a result of six new cases associated with the Brisbane Youth Detention centre.

Gatherings in homes in southeast Queensland will be limited to 10 people as a result of six new coronavirus cases associated with the Brisbane Youth Detention centre.

Gatherings outdoors will also be limited to 10 people.

The new restrictions will apply to Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay and Redlands.

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The Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are not included in the stricter restrictions.

Aged care homes in Brisbane and surrounding regions will also go into a lockdown.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer provided a breakdown of each of the cases.

Extra police resources are being deployed to conduct extensive contract tracing and additional fever clinics will be established over the course of the weekend.

Police will also be ramping up surveillance of public and private gatherings to ensure social distancing is being adhered to.

The cases include:

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"To everyone else in Queensland, we will be limiting those home gatherings to 30 people, and to 30 people in outside areas such as parks," Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

"What we are concerned about is that these people have been out and about in the community, so what we also need Queenslanders to realise, especially in south-east Queensland, is that if you have any symptoms whatsoever, we need you to get tested now."

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Queensland diagnosed six additional cases of COVID-19 linked to the security guard from a youth detention centre in Brisbane.

Authorities are still awaiting results for a number of people associated with the Brisbane cluster.

"We are going through and gradually testing the more than 500 workers," Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said.

"In addition, we have three extra positives from crew members on ships," Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

"We are not worried about the crew members on the ships, because they are being taken care of and they are being taken care of."

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In Victoria, thirteen people have died from coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

There have been 182 new infections reported in the state, continuing the downward trend in cases.

'Get tested'

Dr Young has warned that people living in Brisbane or Ipswich are more likely to have coronavirus than the flu and has urged anyone experiencing symptoms to get tested immediately.

"I can clearly say in Brisbane and in Ipswich, if you have got symptoms of the flu, it is most likely to be COVID, not flu. We have got very, very little flu in our community and we have these seven cases of COVID-19," she said.

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Dr Young said the state's strategy was to be "ultra cautious" and people in surrounding suburbs should also be on high alert.

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"I want to get on top of this very, very quickly. So although we don't have suburbs in the northern part of Brisbane involved, I don't know that these people haven't been across the northern side of Brisbane. So that's why we've just declared, all of greater Brisbane and Ipswich, West Morton of being of concern."

Businesses in Brisbane including cafes, restaurants and gyms will remain open despite additional restrictions on gatherings.

"We we can keep all of those commercial enterprises and all of those community sporting going because we've got really good plans," Dr Young said.

"Everyone, adhere to the plans this weekend. That's really, really important and maintain social distancing. If you can't maintain social distancing, think about whether this the time to be doing whatever it is you're doing or maybe wait and, of course, if you have any symptoms, get tested."

You can get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and the Government's WhatsApp channel.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-outbreak-brisbane-youth-detention-centre-queensland-new-restrictions/dc6c3d50-d463-485c-99ab-360fb54ab197

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