Cairns residents will learn on Wednesday if they’ll escape a snap lockdown sparked by two cases of COVID-19 in the far north Queensland city.

Cairns and the neighbouring Aboriginal community of Yarrabah were ordered into the three-day lockdown at 4pm on Sunday after a taxi driver spent 10 days in the community while he was infectious.

On seven of those days the was behind the wheel of his cab, driving passengers around the city. He was not vaccinated.

Residents have been flocking to testing centres since news of the case broke on Sunday.

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Cairns residents will learn on Wednesday if they’ll escape a snap three-day lockdown. Credit: AAP

Wednesday’s figures will be the third set of results since then, and Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young will be relying on them as she decides if the lockdown can end as planned at 4pm.

Authorities have determined the cabbie caught the virus from a marine pilot he took to the Cairns Airport on July 26.

The Cairns Lagoon salt water swimming facility is closed during lockdown.
The Cairns Lagoon salt water swimming facility is closed during lockdown. Credit: BRIAN CASSEY/AAPIMAGE

They had mistakenly assumed he was infected later than that, explaining why the cabbie was not initially picked up as contact of the marine pilot.

Meanwhile, Dr Young will be hoping for another day of few new cases in the southeast.

On Tuesday there were just three new locally acquired cases, all linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and all in isolation for the entirety of their infectious periods.

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