Alert issued for Logan and Brisbane suburbs, panic buying and hundreds of infected Victorians refuse to isolate

The state government has issued a health alert for the West Moreton and Brisbane South regions after a man infected with COVID-19 visited places including Bunnings stores, Garden City Shopping Centre and the Chandler sports complex.

CRAZY: These are the Beaudesert Woolworths shelves this Saturday morning, August 1, as shoppers start to panic buy should a second wave of COVID-19 hit Queensland. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

CRAZY: These are the Beaudesert Woolworths shelves this Saturday morning, August 1, as shoppers start to panic buy should a second wave of COVID-19 hit Queensland. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

It shows just how rapidly one individual has the potential to spread the highly contagious and deadly disease across multiple suburbs.

The COVID-19 Bellbird Park case was confirmed yesterday after about 7000 people in Logan, between Redlands and Beaudesert, were tested after three people entered the state illegally after visiting Victoria and NSW.

BUMMER OF AN ISSUE: Shoppers were keen on toilet paper at Alexandra Hills Woolworths Saturday, August 1. Photo: Brian Williams

BUMMER OF AN ISSUE: Shoppers were keen on toilet paper at Alexandra Hills Woolworths Saturday, August 1. Photo: Brian Williams

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said there had been a big increase in testing in response to the two cases brought back from Victoria - as well as more protection for aged care on Brisbane's southside.

At the same time, visitors from Greater Sydney would be restricted from today, August 1, as that region was added to Victoria as a declared COVID-19 hotspot.

"Now is not the time for complacency. Complacency is our enemy. So do the right thing with social distancing and hand hygiene, and we'll get through this together," Ms Palaszczuk said.

It comes as Logan teenagers who ignored rules and brought COVID-19 to Queensland have faced a barrage of racist taunts on social media.

But the world-wide health issue has nothing to do with colour, with alarming news out of Melbourne showing that hundreds of people infected with COVID-19 are simply ignoring isolation regulations and the threat of heavy fines by going out.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said that 500 household checks on Friday revealed that 130 people were not at home. The figures could not be explained away by the excuse that everyone was out exercising.

It could point to why infection rates have skyrocketed in Melbourne.

Police have also fined a 25-year-old woman $4003 after she allegedly provided false information by failing to declare she had been to a NSW hot spot.

The woman was travelling with a man by car with Queensland registration plates when they tried to cross the border at the Gold Coast at 4am with a pass stating they had not visited a known hot spot.

It comes as people again have started panic buying in Queensland, with shelves starting to run low at Beaudesert, Logan and Redlands.

Queensland Health directs that anyone who has been to the locations below during the relevant times monitor their health and immediately present for testing if they are experiencing symptoms.

Locations:

Caltex Goodna, Goodna, 26 July 11.30-11.35am

Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler, 26 July 12.30-2.10pm

Garden City Shopping Centre, Mount Gravatt 26 July 20204-7pm

K Mart at Garden City Shopping Centre, Mount Gravatt 26 July 20204-5pm

JB HiFi at Garden City Shopping Centre, Mount Gravatt 26 July 20204.30-5pm

MOS Burger at Garden City Shopping Centre, Mount Gravatt 26 July 2020Around 5pm

Chatime Garden City Mount Gravatt, 26 July about 6pm

Cafe 63, Redbank Plains, 27 July, 10-10.30am

Bunnings Springfield, 27 July, 11am-1pm

Bunnings Oxley, 27 July,15-4pm

Basketball Court Springfield Lakes, 27 July, 6-8.30pm

Nando's Kenmore, Kenmore, 27 July, 8.45-8.55pm

Caltex Wacol, 28 July, 8.40-8.45am

Richlands Medical Centre, Richlands Plaza, 29 July, about 10.45am

SNP Collection Centre Forrest Lake, 29 July, about 11.35am

People who are close contacts will be contacted directly by the Public Health Unit.

The Public Health Alert issued on July 29 has been amended with an updated time relating to the Primary Medical and Dental Practice at Browns Plains on July 24 to 3.30 - 4.30pm.

It is important to:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people-think two big steps
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitizer
  • Leave the location if it is crowded.

If you have any concerns about your health, contact your doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).