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

Millions of residents in southeast Queensland will be released from lockdown on Sunday, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing there will not be an extension of the stay-at-home orders.

The announcement, which you can watch in the video player above, came after nine new cases were recorded in the state.

Seven were linked to the Indooroopilly cluster. One mystery case was found on the Gold Coast and one new case was found in Cairns.

Genomic testing is underway for both cases.

The Cairns case is a taxi driver who has been infectious in the community for about 10 days, prompting health authorities to throw Cairns Regional Council and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council into lockdown at 4pm on Sunday.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing there will not be an extension of the stay-at-home orders. Credit: AAP

Residents in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset and the Sunshine Coast will be released from lockdown at 4pm on Sunday.

However, Palaszczuk warned they are “not out of the woods”.

“I just want everyone to have a really good understanding that we are dealing with the Delta strain. It is highly, highly infectious.”

Some restrictions will remain in place for the next two weeks, including mandatory masks.

People will only be allowed to have 10 guests in their homes.

Weddings and funerals will be capped at 20 people and the four-square-metre rule will be in place for hospitality and recreation venues.

Community sport will not be permitted for a fortnight.

Travel will be permitted in southeast Queensland, but residents have been urged not to travel to regional Queensland.

Schools to reopen

Schools will be able to reopen, however masks will be mandatory for high school students and teachers.

“We are now going to make sure all school staff are wearing masks, and that includes childhood staff as well. They are also going to be given priority for vaccination,” Palaszczuk said.

“All high school students will be required to wear masks at school.”

‘Fantastic response’

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young praised the community for getting the outbreak under control.

“An excellent result for South East Queensland, one that I truly wasn’t expecting,” she said.

“It is a fantastic response, to see eight days in, after we had those very large numbers of early cases, to see it under control so beautifully. It is fantastic.”

Restrictions for south-east Queensland:

  • Up to 10 people in your homes, including those who live there
  • You are able to go and visit loved one is in hospital and aged care
  • Maximum on 20 people at weddings and funerals
  • 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 will, or 50%, were ticketed and allocated seating,” Ms Palaszczuk said
  • During these next two weeks community sport will not be permitted
  • Queenslanders will have to continue wearing masks

Cairns in lockdown

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.

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

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

The taxi driver’s case was one of two mystery cases announced on Sunday.

“We have one case on the Gold Coast that is under investigation,” she said.

“But we do have one new case in Cairns. Now, we’re concerned about this. It is a taxi driver, and he has been infectious in the community for about 10 days.”

Queensland authorities make announcement on lockdown as new cases are confirmed
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