Two new virus cases in Qld amid lockdown

Queensland has recorded two new local cases of COVID-19 with a lockdown still set to end on Friday night.

Millions of people in southeast Queensland, Townsville, Magnetic Island and Palm Island are in lockdown on Thursday amid four separate virus outbreaks, including three involving the more contagious Delta strain.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the one of the new cases is linked to Portuguese club cluster, while the other is a Qatar Airways check-in desk worker at Brisbane Airport.

She said it was encouraging news for Queenslanders hoping lockdown will end at 6pm on Friday.

“We’ve still got another 24 hours to go to see what happens over the next 24 hours, and we’ll update you tomorrow in relation to whether or not we can leave that lockdown,” the premier said.

“But like I said, it is very very encouraging us, at this stage.”

A partial lockdown covers residents of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, the Scenic Rim, the Gold Coast, Townsville, Magnetic Island and nearby Palm Island until 6pm on Friday.

Residents in those areas are only be allowed to leave home to shop for essential items, exercise, to do essential work if they can’t do so from home, to receive medical care or to give compassionate care.

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