Qld records 16 new local COVID-19 cases

Queensland has recorded 16 new local coronavirus cases overnight, with the cluster now growing to 63.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said there were four new cases linked to Ironside State School, two to Indooroopilly High School, one to Brisbane Grammar School as well as nine other cases linked to existing cases.

There was a record 51,000 tests conducted yesterday.

Miles said the government had cancelled the Ekka public holiday next Wednesday following the annual agricultural show being cancelled for the second year in a row.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said there were now 100 active cases in Queensland – the largest since the beginning of the pandemic.

Dr Young confirmed the new case in Cairns, with a string of exposure sites added to the Queensland Health website.

Of the 16 new cases from the Indooroopilly cluster, two were in quarantine for their entire infectious period, while others were out and about in the community for some of their infectious period.

All cases were now linked, except the “missing link” to the original Indooroopilly family to the two international travellers.

Dr Young said the ship pilot from Cairns was fully vaccinated and likely to have acquired the delta variant from ships he was helping guide to port. It was not linked to the Indooroopilly cluster.

So far the Cairns pilot’s family have not tested positive.

Dr Young said she was hopeful south-east Queensland’s eight day lockdown would end on Sunday, but only if people stayed home in the next few days.

“If we don’t do something really, really, really special in Queensland, we’ll be extending the lockdown. So, please, I ask of all of you – try your absolute hardest to stay at home if you possibly can,” she said.

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