Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is describing the state’s latest COVID-19 figures as “very encouraging”, on the second day of Greater Brisbane’s three-day lockdown.
Two new locally-acquired cases of the virus have been detected in the last 24 hours, out of more than 33,000 tests – a record testing number for the Sunshine State.
The community cases are linked to known infections, while one new case was also recorded in hotel quarantine.
Ms Palaszczuk says it’s a good sign, but won’t make a decision on the lockdown until tomorrow.
“We’ll be providing you with an update again tomorrow – [at] 9am – and fingers crossed, all will be looking good for Easter,” she has told reporters this morning.
“But 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.”
Businesses, tourism operators, travellers, and churches are among those hoping the current lockdown for Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, and Redlands does not extend beyond the existing end time of 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday.