The ‘lockdown legends’ helping Queensland crush outbreak

There 8500 Queenslanders sitting tight in home quarantine and the Care Army answering their calls for help are crucial to the state getting out of lockdown on Sunday, authorities say.

Millions of Queenslanders are locked down in 11 local government areas across south-east Queensland, but doing it far tougher are the thousands in Brisbane's inner-west deemed close contacts who face 14 days at home.

"They are indeed Queensland's lockdown legends keeping us all safe," Deputy Premier Steven Miles said today.

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The lockdown legends helping Queensland crush its outbreak

"I've never been more proud to be a Queenslander than I am when I see these fantastic results.

"All the indications are that it is working, we just need to keep it up.

"It is too soon to say what will happen over the next few days and whether we will be able to ease restrictions on Sunday."

Mum and psychologist Peta Lilley has three kids, who all attend different schools – but all three schools have been caught up in the cluster.

"Talk about the trifecta you don't want to win, right," Ms Lilley said.

The family is on day six of 14.

"We've had to ask people to help walk the dog or pick up supplies for us," she said.

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Queensland's lockdown legends keeping the state safe

Bread Hound Bakery at St Lucia has had requests for deliveries and has answered the call, delivering bread, sweets, milk and juice for free.

Gerbinos Ashgrove has also hit the pavement, getting coffee and bread to locals.

"It keeps things local," Chanel Corless from Gerbino told 9News.

"It keeps people within the vicinity so they're not travelling too far.

Queensland's 28,000-strong Care Army volunteers have been helping the region's vulnerable since April last year, not just doing essential shopping but also checking in to make sure the isolated aren't feeling too lonely.

The call centre in Brisbane's north received 6000 calls for help on the first day of the lockdown.

In Queensland, call 134 COVID (13 42 68) for information and support.

If you're struggling during this difficult time, there is 24/7 support available via the Beyond Blue Support Service on 1300 22 4636 or contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via lifeline.org.au.

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