Link found in mystery Cairns Covid case

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Queensland has reported four new community virus cases, none of which were detected in Cairns as the far north enters it's first day of lockdown.

Monday's cases are all linked to the cluster in Brisbane's west and each has been in quarantine for their entire infectious period.

Cairns and the nearby community of Yarrabah are on high alert after a taxi driver spent 10 days in the community while infectious.

His infection has now been linked to a marine pilot who tested positive last week, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Monday.

The Queensland premier labelled the state's latest Covid numbers
The Queensland premier labelled the state's latest Covid numbers "fantastic". Source: Getty

"The marine pilot actually travelled in that person's taxi, so a lot of contact tracing is now happening," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"It's great to know that linkage has been done."

A rugby ground, tavern and supermarket were added to the list of exposure sites in the Cairns area on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, 11 local government areas in the state's southeast have emerged from an eight-day lockdown on Sunday.

Many rules have been relaxed in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim.

Residents are still subject to a number of restrictions until at least August 22 including mandatory mask-wearing, a limit of ten visitors to a home and a one person per four square metre rule. Up to ten visitors can now gather in public spaces.

Schools will reopen but all high school students must wear masks at school and travelling to and from school. All staff must also wear masks and no inter-school sport is allowed.

More than 11,000 people remain in home quarantine, mostly in Brisbane.

Queensland recorded one additional case in hotel quarantine.

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