QLD records 13 new cases in ‘encouraging’ signs ahead of lockdown decision

There is growing hope Queensland’s lockdown will be lifted on Sunday afternoon despite the state recording 13 new local cases overnight.

But a decision on the lockdown still won’t be made until Sunday morning.

All new cases are linked to the Indooroopilly cluster with 12 of the infections in quarantine during their infectious period.


Officials are still gathering further details from the remaining case but believe they were also likely in quarantine while infectious.

The majority of the new cases are household contacts of existing cases.

The Indooroopilly cluster now stands at 102.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles described today’s results as ‘encouraging.’

“It is important to know we will see continued cases, many people in households with a case will continue to catch the virus in the coming days and weeks,” Dr Miles said.

“What is most important is that they are not outside of their household, they are not infectious in the community.”

There were 40,835 tests conducted across Queensland in the last 24 hours.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says she still wants to see more data before making a call on the lockdown.

“It depends on what the numbers are tomorrow morning. Today’s numbers are encouraging, but I really can’t predict what tomorrow will do. I need those numbers before we have a decision,” Dr Young said.

Police intercepted more than 10,000 vehicles across the southeast on Friday including 5327 at static checkpoints.

Officers issued 42 fines to people who were who did not have a valid reason for being out during the lockdown.

Another 16 people were fined for not wearing masks despite being offered them by officers.

Two people were arrested in Noosaville for refusing to check-in to a venue, refusing to wear masks and then allegedly resisting Police.

A woman who escaped hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast remains on the run.

The 24-year-old was discovered missing from the Sofitel at Broadbeach on Wednesday and is believed to have escaped via a fourth-floor balcony sometime on Tuesday night.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says they continue to search for her.

“The best thing I can say to that young ladyis give yourself up because we will not stop until we find you,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

“She does not want to be caught. Unfortunately, in policing we deal with these fugitive-type situations a lot. Sometimes we get them quickly and sometimes it takes longer, generally we find them.”

Dr Young admits she is concerned that the woman is still in the community, despite testing negative while in quarantine.

“Police will find her and we will be able to test her again and that will definitively say whether there is any risk.

“That’s why people in the Gold Coast, people who live along that border zone, it is even more important that if they have any symptoms at all that they come forward and get tested.”