All students at a Queensland school will need to be quarantined for 14 days if a family who allegedly traveled to the state via secondary roads from Melbourne continues to refuse to be tested for COVID-19.
The Australian International Islamic College in Carrara on the Gold Coast was closed after it was revealed that some of its students “bragged” about returning illegally to Queensland from the Melbourne hot spot.
So far, the family of five, including three children under the age of 10, have refused to be tested, despite some family members being uncomfortable.
They were placed in a 14-day hotel quarantine.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Jeannette Young said two of the children went to school on Tuesday and told their classmates they had been to Melbourne.
All students at the school will need to be quarantined until authorities can receive test results from both students, Dr Young said.
“If we can’t get these two kids tested, this school will be in quarantine for 14 days,” she said.
Dr Young said only children would need to be quarantined in their homes, with a supervising adult present, but not all families.
Authorities are also still trying to contact a Logan truck driver who was infectious in Queensland for five days, from August 28 to September 1, after testing positive on August 27 during weekly surveillance tests.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said it was understood the truck driver was still working and “still on the road in New South Wales”.
Family contacts close to the truck driver are tested.