Queensland’s lockdown has been extended to 4pm Sunday after 13 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 were recorded overnight.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the outbreak was “escalating” and that required the extension of the lockdown, by another five days.
The lockdown will now last for eight days, the longest lockdown in Queensland since the height of the pandemic last year.
The extended lockdown has also dealt a fatal blow to Brisbane’s Ekka show, which was set to take place next week.
Dr Young urged anyone who did not absolutely need to leave their homes to stay put.