Brisbane cluster grows to 79 after 16 new local cases

QUEENSLAND has recorded 16 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, all linked to the growing cluster in Brisbane.

There are now 79 infections associated with the outbreak.

Of today’s new cases the majority are household contacts, the rest are students, teachers or close associates of the affected schools in the Brisbane area.


Deputy Premier Steven Miles labelled today’s numbers as “encouraging”.

“Only three were infectious in the community for one day and one was infectious for two days .. the other 12 were in quarantine throughout the entire infectious period,” Mr Miles said.

“The fact they are all linked and mostly were in quarantine is a positive development.”

Queensland testing records were smashed once again with 52,351 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.

“A fantastic result and what we have to do from here is to keep it up,” Mr Miles said.

Queensland recorded another 11 cases, all acquired overseas, and are from the crew onboard a tanker that is anchored off Gladstone.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said she was feeling positive about where the state was tracking.

“The fact we only had five days of people being infectious in the community so between four people out and about in the community for five days while infectious .. that is the most encouraging part,” Dr Young said.

“And those five days were while we were in lockdown and that is what we want to happen.”

Dr Young was questioned about the chances of coming out of lockdown on Sunday as planned and she remains cautiously optimistic.

“We did not expect to be this far in front of the virus,” she said.

“We have still got a long way to go but we have done really, really, really well until now so let’s see how we go in the next few days.

“Let’s see if we can lift those restrictions on Sunday.

“That would be extremely special to be able to do that on Sunday and I am hopeful we can.”

The Deputy Premier said a decision on the lockdown will be made in the coming days.

As we always have, we will endeavour to make the decision as soon as we can based on the information that is to hand,” Mr Miles said.

“But it is difficult to stay at this stage what the next few days will look like so we will need to see those play out before we can advise Queenslanders what the arrangements will be.”

The Health Minister also confirmed 22,600 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine will be sent to 113 pharmacies across the state from today ahead of the extra Commonwealth supply arriving next week.

Yvette D’Ath also confirmed the federal government will be sending an extra 112,320 doses of the Pfizer jab, which were earmarked for September, will be sent to Queensland next week.