Another two Queensland regions to enter lockdown as 11 others exit

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Two regions in Far North Queensland will go into a three-day snap lockdown after a "concerning" Covid case emerged.

As Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed 11 local government areas (LGAs) in parts of southeast Queensland that have been subjected to a lockdown since last Saturday, she announced a stay-at-home order would be introduced in Cairns and Yarrabah from 4pm on Sunday.

A taxi driver in Cairns was one of nine new Covid cases recorded overnight in Queensland.

Annastacia Palaszczuk is pictured next to Steven Miles.
Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a new lockdown for Cairns and Yarrabah. Source: ABC News/YouTube

"He has been infectious in the community for about 10 days. That is of real concern," Ms Palaszczuk said on Sunday.

"So from 4pm today for the next three days, Cairns and Yarrabah will go into a lockdown.

"It is essentially a lockdown that the 11 LGAs went through, but they (Cairns and Yarrabah residents) will be allowed to have up to two visitors to come and visit their homes.

"We need more testing in Cairns. I am very concerned. Dr Young is very concerned. We need to get on top of this very, very quickly."

Seven of the new cases reported on Sunday were linked to Brisbane's Indooroopilly cluster and another on the Gold Coast is under investigation.

11 LGAs in southeast Queensland to exit lockdown

Despite lockdown ending for 11 LGAs in southeast Queensland, tough restrictions will still apply for:

  • City of Brisbane

  • City of Gold Coast

  • City of Ipswich

  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council

  • Logan City

  • Moreton Bay Region

  • Noosa Shire Council

  • Redland City

  • Scenic Rim Regional Council

  • Somerset Regional Council

  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Up to 10 people will be allowed in homes and in public spaces. Weddings and funerals will be capped at 20 people.

"Now, you are able to go and visit loved ones in hospital and aged care, but of course you can't do that if you are subject to a home quarantine order," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Venues, including places of worship, convention centres, retail, dining, gyms, headdresses, beauty and personal care service, are allowed to operate with restrictions.

"We are going back to that one per four square metres rule."

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