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Queensland has tightened restrictions after announcing nine new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

Aged care homes and disability accommodation will be locked down as of today and limits on gatherings have been reduced.

In home and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people, effective immediately in areas including Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Morton Bay and Redlands.

Home and outdoor gatherings have been limited to 30 people everywhere else across the state.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced additional fever clinics would be set up and urged anyone with the mildest of symptoms to get tested for the virus.

The restrictions come after the Premier announced another six positive coronavirus cases linked to a cluster at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre overnight.

The cases were detected after a female staff member at the centre returned a positive test.

“We are concerned about the now total of seven positive cases linked to the youth detention cluster because people have been out and about in the community,” she said.

Authorities are investigating the original source of the cluster.

The state also recorded three positive cases from crew members on ships, but the Premier said those cases did not threaten the greater community.

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