QUEENSLAND has recorded another ten new local cases, all linked to the growing Brisbane cluster.
All of the cases are household contacts of previous cases and only two were in the community while infectious and only for one day during the lockdown period.
The new infections increase the ‘Indooroopilly cluster’ to 89 cases.
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There are still 8594 people in home quarantine across the state.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said it was “too soon” to say whether the lockdown would be lifted on Sunday.
“All the indications are that it is working, we just need to keep it up,” Mr Miles said.
“We need to continue to see low case numbers all linked, declining infectious days in the community and a high rate of testing and if we can keep that up, then we will be able to begin to ease these restrictions.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said it was unlikely a decision on the lockdown would be made before Sunday.
“I will want to see the numbers on Sunday morning,” she said.
“It is just too quick. We’ve only had the lockdown for eight days. I will need every single one of those days to be able to work through when and if we should lift that lockdown on Sunday.”
She said it was vital people continued to come forward for testing, wear masks and use the Check-In App if we wanted to see restrictions ease.
“It’s those things that will keep us safe and enable us, hopefully, and I genuinely am hopeful, that we will be able to lift this on Sunday,” Dr Young said.
“But if we don’t do all those things that will make it really difficult to lift Sunday.
“And then, going forward, we are going to have to be incredibly cautious.
“We’ve seen what’s happened in other states, we know that the Delta variant is a completely different variant to the ones we were dealing with last year.
“We can’t use the same strategies we used last year, we have really got to ramp them up.”
Dr Young said if the lockdown is lifted, there will still be restrictions in place.
“There will still be restrictions, there always are restrictions after you remove a lockdown, but the specifics of those restrictions, I just need to see how things track over the next few days,” she said.
She hinted that masks could be mandatory for the rest of the year.
“It is possible, yes,” she said.
“Masks are just so critical with this Delta variant .. if we want to try and avoid lockdowns, we are going to have to get used to wearing masks.
“Hopefully it won’t be through till Christmas but it could be.”