A snap three-day lockdown has been announced for Cairns after a taxi driver who tested positive to coronavirus was infectious in the community for ten days.

From 4pm on Sunday, Cairns and Yarrabah will be locked down, with residents given only four essential reasons to leave their homes – for work, shopping, exercise and healthcare.

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However, people will be allowed to have up to two visitors in their homes.

“I am very concerned. We need to get on top of this very, very quickly,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“The Cairns community – I know you can do this.

A view of Cairns.
A view of Cairns. Credit: Getty Images

“I know it is going to be tough, but the next three days, I need you to stay at home, minimise your movements, let’s test.”

Palaszczuk said the situation will be evaluated over the next three days.

The taxi driver is among nine new local cases confirmed in Queensland on Sunday.

He got tested on Friday afternoon, with his positive result coming back on Saturday.

A number of people in the man’s household are also unwell, with their test results pending.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young. Credit: DARREN ENGLAND/AAPIMAGE

“It is really important, any symptoms at all, don’t second-guess yourself, just come forward and get tested,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

“This gentleman had been out in the community during his infectious period for 10 days.

“So there is a real risk this already could have spread.”

It’s unclear where the man acquired the infection.

The lockdown for southeast Queensland will be lifted at 4pm on Sunday, but some restrictions will remain in place.

Cairns LOCKED DOWN after COVID case was in the community for TEN DAYS
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