The early learning centre at Jimboomba, south of Brisbane, was ordered to close at the weekend, Queensland Health says.

A letter was sent to parents and staff notifying them of the case.

The department would not confirm details surrounding the virus case. However, 7 News reports an unknowingly contagious child visited the centre a number of times this month.

It comes as Queensland schools will switch to remote learning but remain open for vulnerable students and children of essential workers when the second term begins on Monday.

Several thousand sim cards will be issued to Queensland students who are unable to access the internet to learn remotely while coronavirus restrictions are in place.

Education Minister Grace Grace said they were working with Telstra to provide 5000 sim cards that would grant internet access for stay-at-home students.

She acknowledged it will be a testing time for parents who will supervise their children at home.

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“We’re going to ensure as much as we can that students have the availability to have devices either from schools or to be able to have them lent or borrowed to them,” Ms Grace said on Monday.

“Parents, of course, have a new role and we know it’s not going to be easy.”

Staff at schools and childcare centres are now on the list of those who can be tested for COVID-19.

Teachers will be required at public schools when the second term starts again on Monday and remote learning will be in place until May 22.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says, on the advice of the chief health officer, that it is safe for staff to return to work and students to attend school.

“By May 15, we will once again let people know definitely which way to go,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

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“Teachers will be going to school, just as the teacher aides and the cleaners, and everybody else who makes up that school community.”

She said “we are in extraordinary times” and she believed many would be comfortable with the decision to open schools, with the measures also applying to kindergartens.

Just 35 new cases were recorded from Good Friday to Easter Monday, taking the total number of Queensland positive COVID-19 tests to 987 of which 442 have recovered.

Although the daily rate of positive tests has now been reduced to single figures, public gathering restrictions will remain.

A rescue flight of Australians from the Peruvian capital Lima is expected to arrive in Brisbane on Tuesday.

AAP

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