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Queensland deals with biggest outbreak since first Covid wave

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Queensland has recorded 19 new cases of coronavirus overnight with 17 of those locally acquired.

One of the new cases includes a fully vaccinated reef pilot in Cairns, who is believed to have caught the Delta strain from a boat in the Great Barrier Reef.

The remaining 16 local cases are all linked to the Indooroopilly Delta strain cluster. That cluster has now ballooned to 63 cases in total, making it the Queensland’s biggest outbreak since the first wave last year.

Four of the new cases are linked to Ironside State School, two cases at Indooroopilly State High School and one case is linked to Brisbane Boys Grammar.

The remaining nine cases are close contacts or family members of those already identified in the cluster.

The final two cases are overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles explains there are now 100 cases active across Queensland in what is the biggest outbreak since the pandemic began last year.

"That brings this outbreak to 63 genomically linked cases meaning that in less than a week, this has become our biggest outbreak since the first wave last year."

 

Testing target smashed 

Queensland has set a new testing record after 51,479 people came forward for a swab yesterday.

Yesterday, the state’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young set the target of reaching 40,000 tests a day.

She says high testing numbers is one of the factors that will see the lockdown lifted as quickly as possible.

“I’m getting more confident that we don’t have any cases in the community that I don’t know about, thanks to the amount of testing,” Dr Young says.

Ekka public holiday postponed

Along with the show, Brisbane’s Ekka public holiday next Wednesday has been cancelled and will be moved to a new date.

Mr Miles says because the region is likely to see some Covid restrictions next week, it can not go ahead.

"It will be rescheduled to some time later in the year, we have not yet determined when.

“Last year, when we delayed the public holiday to create a new special long weekend, we saw Queenslanders flock to tourist destinations, spending money in our hospitality businesses and so we'd hope to create a similar opportunity again for Queenslanders to support our local tourism operators and local hospitality businesses,” he says.

The public holiday is not expected to be rescheduled until at least the end of August.

Exposure sites grow

The list of exposure sites across Queensland continues to grow, with Dr Young urging anyone within the locked-down 11 LGAs to keep checking the sites.

She says it is still not yet known how the outbreak began.

“There will be more exposure venues going up on our website.

“If we don’t do something really, really special in Queensland, we’ll be extending the lockdown.”

For a full list of sites head to: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing