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‘Fantastic news’: Queensland records just two more locally-acquired COVID-19 cases as lockdown decision looms

Queensland has recorded two new locally-transmitted cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of cases across two Brisbane clusters to 17.

Both of the new cases were linked to a nurse at Princess Alexandra Hospital’s coronavirus ward who had received her first vaccine dose, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Wednesday. 

“The signs are very encouraging and I want to thank everybody involved in this,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “[But it’s] absolutely critical that we rule out any unlinked community transmission of COVID in our community.”

The outbreaks prompted a snap three-day lockdown of 2.5 million people across Greater Brisbane, which is due to lift at 5pm on Thursday.

Ms Palaszczuk said an announcement would be made on Thursday morning on whether the lockdown would be lifted in time for Easter, but said the numbers were encouraging.

“Fingers crossed, all will be looking good for Easter,” she said. 

There are currently 71 active cases in the state, including 58 which acquired the infection overseas.

Princess Alexandra Hospital, the state’s second-largest hospital, was placed into lockdown on Tuesday evening in light of the recent cases linked to the location.

Both of the clusters in the state are genomically linked to staff at the hospital who tested positive.

More than 33,000 people had undergone COVID-19 testing over the past 24 hours, which Ms Palaszczuk said was “probably the highest” number of tests recorded in a single day in the state.

This is fantastic news,” she said. “If we see the same number of test results tomorrow, this is very, very encouraging news.”

More to come

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