Queensland has confirmed 16 new locally acquired cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total number of active infections in the state to 100.
Despite the current outbreak being the largest since last year, chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young said increased testing numbers was a good sign that the current lockdown will be eased on Sunday as planned.
The new infections have all been linked to the Indooroopilly Delta cluster, which has now grown to 63, according to health authorities.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said four cases had been linked to Ironside state school, including one teacher.
“In less than a week, this has become our biggest outbreak since the first wave last year,” Mr Miles said.
Dr Young said there are now 100 active cases in the Sunshine State, including those acquired overseas and currently in hotel quarantine.
“So that’s the most we have had in Queensland since last year’s initial outbreaks,” Dr Young said.
She also revealed up to 14 of the new cases were potentially in the community for at least part of their infectious period.
“The good news, though, is of those 16 new cases related to the Indooroopilly Delta outbreak, two were in quarantine for their entire infectious period,” she said.
At least one of the new infections was out-and-about for five days, with Dr Young urging residents to check for new exposure sites.
Two of the cases reported on Wednesday have been linked to Indooroopilly state High School, one case is linked to Brisbane Boys Grammar and nine cases are close contacts or family members of cases already identified in the cluster, according to health authorities.
There is also one mystery case of the Delta variant in Cairns, a fully vaccinated reef pilot.
He has not been linked to the current outbreak in Brisbane and the source of his infection remains under investigation.
Mr Miles said testing will be “ramped up” in the Cairns area to detect any further transmission.
The Brisbane EKKA public holiday will also be rescheduled, as it was last year, to create a new long weekend when restrictions have been relaxed.
But the new public holiday won’t be before the end of August.
More to come.