QLD closer to trigger for lockdown lift, but new cases still in double digits

QLD closer to trigger for lockdown lift, but new cases still in double digits

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"We're not there yet, so we genuinely need to keep doing what we've been doing so effectively," says Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young.

Queensland has reported 10 new cases linked to the Indooroopilly school cluster of whom only two were infectious while in the community, but authorities aren't yet in a position to make a call on whether a lockdown for the state's lockdown will be lifted on Sunday.

This compares to 16 new locally acquired yesterday, while the number of daily new cases who were out and about with the virus has fallen in half.

Half the new cases are adults and the other half are children, all linked in some way to Indooroopilly State High School (ISHS), Ironside State School and Brisbane Boys Grammar School.

"Eight were not infectious in the community at all, two were infectious in the community for one day and that was during the Southeast Queensland lockdown period," Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

"That brings to 89 the total number of cases in the Indooroopilly Delta cluster."

There were 48,028 people who got tested yesterday which is short of yesterday's state record above 52,000 but still a "very, very good result", according to Miles.

"We need to continue to see low case numbers, all linked, declining infectious days in the community and a high rate of testing, and if we can keep that up then we will be able to begin to ease these restrictions," Miles said.

"That's all very reassuring, but we've got to keep it up for the next few days. We're not there yet, so we genuinely need to keep doing what we've been doing so effectively," Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young added.

Given Victoria has gone back into lockdown just seven days after lifting the previous one, Miles said hotspot restrictions will be reapplied to the state so that those arriving from Victoria after 1am Sunday will need to go into hotel quarantine.

"Yesterday was also a tragic day for New South Wales and our hearts go out to everyone in the Greater Sydney area and New South Wales more generally battling the outbreak there."

At the time of writing there have been fewer additions to Queensland Health's list of exposure sites, although another school - Anglican Church Grammar - has been listed, at one of its sporting fields. This adds to several schools listed for various dates and times, including the aforementioned schools, St Peters Lutheran College, Brigidine College, Pullenvale State School, Holy Family School and St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School.

Updated at 10:37am AEST on 5 August 2021.

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