‘Knife’s edge’: What authorities will be looking for in the next 48 hours
The NRL grand final will go ahead with a reduced capacity at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, with experts warning south-east Queensland is on a “knife’s edge”.
Six new COVID-19 cases were identified today, prompting authorities to increase restrictions for five different LGAs across the state.
Director of Infectious Diseases at Mater Hospital, Dr Paul Griffin, said he agreed with the decision to reduce crowd capacity to 75 per cent but said he hoped people adhered to restrictions and wore masks.
“I think based on the available evidence to date, I think it’s potentially the right decision,” he told Scott Emerson.
“But I think it’s really important to appreciate we really are on the knife’s edge and if we see cases tomorrow, potentially large numbers, even of linked cases or a small number of unlinked or mystery cases, then obviously that decision will have to be reviewed and it would likely be something that would be deemed not safe to go ahead.”
He said there was “absolutely” a risk the grand final could end up being a super-spreader event.
“Any mass gathering at the moment with some cases in the community does pose a bit of a risk.”
Press PLAY below to hear Dr Griffin explain the balancing act