Brisbane lockdown to be lifted despite five new local cases

The lockdown in Brisbane and Moreton Bay will be lifted at 6pm tonight despite Queensland recording five new local cases of COVID-19.

One of the new cases includes a Sunshine Coast man whose positive test was announced late on Friday.

Officials now believe he is linked to the Portuguese restaurant cluster in Brisbane.


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Another of the new cases is also linked to the Portuguese restaurant.

A 29-year-old Brisbane man has also tested positive sparking an alert for the Noosa area.

The man, who is linked to a Carindale woman who tested positive yesterday, had travelled to places including Eumundi and Sunshine Beach.

A woman in her 50s who works at Prince Charles Hospital is also among the new cases.

The woman did not work in the COVID ward, had only worked one shift while infectious and has had one dose of vaccine.

The fifth case is a man in his 50s who works as a baggage handler at Brisbane Domestic Airport who is not a known contact of any of the other cases.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says despite the new cases they are comfortable with lifting the lockdown in Brisbane and Moreton Bay.

“Can I thank everyone for doing that extra day that we asked people to do. That gave our contact tracers that extra time that was desperately needed,” The Premier said.

But she has warned Queensland that we are not out of the woods yet, issuing a plea for the state’s most vulnerable people, including those over 70, to limit going out.

“Please, if you are unvaccinated, please limit your going out. Close family is fine, but please limit and think about whether or not you need to go to a shopping centre, whether friends or family can drop some food over to you.

“Because we do know there is virus out there, so, we need everyone to pull together and act cooperatively and put our trust in one another, and really think about the most vulnerable people in our community.”