Qld records four new local infections, snap lockdown to end in Cairns

Good news for Queensland overnight, with no new concerning infections and confirmation that Cairns’ lockdown will end this afternoon as planned.

There were four new local cases diagnosed, but all were in home quarantine during their infectious periods and all are linked to the Indoorapilly cluster.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is elated.


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“They’re all locally linked to that Indooroopilly cluster, which is absolutely tremendous news,” she said in Wednesday morning’s update.

“They’re all in home quarantine and they have not been out in the community – that is exactly what we want to be seeing. 

“So, well done, Queensland, and well down to everybody who’s staying in that home quarantine,” the Premier said.

It means there’s been no new cases in Cairns, despite there being two local infections up there.

The region will come out of the snap three-day lockdown from 4.00 pm this afternoon, as planned.

However, Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says some restrictions will remain in place as an extra precaution.

I think it is safe to lift that stay-at-home requirement, but it’s still important that we have those ongoing restrictions, and it’s still vitally important that people continue as they have been doing to come forward and get tested.

“That is just so important, in case there’s been any other spread,” Doctor Young said.

It comes as Brisbane’s mass vaccination hub opens today, with 1,500 people booked in to get their jabs.

All Queenslanders are now being urged to come forward and register for an appointment.

We really and truly need to aim to get at least 70% of our eligible population – that is people 16 years of age or older – vaccinated as soon as possible,” Doctor Jeanette Young said.

“Because that will protect us when we have our next outbreak, as unfortunately I’m sure we will. 

“And it means that we’ll be able to manage outbreaks differently going forward.

“As soon as we’ve got 70% of our adults, 16 years-plus, vaccinated, we’ll be able to do things so much more differently,” she said.

There are now 156 active infections around the whole of Queensland.

For more information on Queensland’s coronavirus advice, click here.