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Two new local community cases in Queensland

Queensland has recorded three new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, including two community acquired cases that are linked to the PA Hospital nurse cluster.

The third case was acquired overseas and detected in hotel quarantine.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Wednesday’s numbers were “encouraging”, as Greater Brisbane enters its second day of lockdown.

“We’re very pleased with the results and I think that all Queenslanders should be proud of the mighty effort that they’ve put in,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“So today, we only have three cases. Now, one is in hotel quarantine.

“The others are community acquired but they are linked to the PA nurse.”

There are currently 71 active COVID-19 cases in Queensland hospitals.

More than 33,400 COVID-19 tests have been administered across the state over the past 24 hours.

“That is a massive, massive number,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“I think that’s probably our highest, and I do want to thank Queenslanders for coming out and doing that.

“So if we see the same number of test results tomorrow, this is very, very encouraging news.

“The fact that we do not have any unlinked community transmission in the south east or in our state is absolutely encouraging news.”  

A decision on the Greater Brisbane lockdown will be announced at 9am on Thursday.

Ms Palaszczuk said things are “looking positive”.

“This is very encouraging and we’ll be providing you with an update again tomorrow at 9am, and fingers crossed, all will be looking good for Easter,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“But like I said, it depends on the testing rates again. So if we see very good testing rates across Queensland and we don’t see any unlinked community transmission, the signs for Easter are looking positive.”

Visit Queensland Health’s COVID-19 hub for the latest information, including contact tracing locations.  

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