Ekka 2021 cancelled as restrictons extended


Queenslanders have been dealt a devastating blow with the cancellation of the “comeback Ekka” just days before it was due to start.

Queensland recorded 13 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Monday, on the second day of the southeast corner’s snap lockdown.

Authorities say the new cases are genomically linked to the 17-year-old Indooroopilly State High school student, with the state’s Delta outbreak now at 31.

Authorities on Sunday expressed their concerns about low levels of testing, prompting 21,806 Queenslanders to get swabbed which the Deputy Premier said was “fantastic”.

But the rise in cases has meant the annual Ekka, which was cancelled in 2020, will not go ahead this week as planned.

It comes despite rural and regional Queenslanders having already travelled to the capital to prepare for the show.

Mr Miles said as “sad and disappointing” as it was, the risk was just “too great”.

“It will not be able to go ahead. I know that’s sad and disappointing for many,” Mr Miles said.

“We just can’t afford to have an event like that where people travel into town, circulate in large numbers. The risk is just too great.”

Of the new cases, seven are Ironside State School students, and five are related to the school.

The other case is linked to a confirmed case from the karate school.

Dozens of new exposure sites are expected to be listed by Queensland Health later on Monday.

More to come.



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Author: Shirley