Queensland records 13 new cases of COVID-19

Queensland has recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19 today as the state looks to ease lockdown tomorrow.

More than 40,000 people came forward for testing and all cases were linked to previous cases.

"All are linked to that outbreak, 12 were not infectious in the community and the 13th we are just continuing to get details from," Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

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Queensland is experiencing its biggest outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in a year with the southeast of the state under lockdown.

Dr Miles did not provide any certainty around whether lockdown would lifted tomorrow however he said the result were "very encouraging".

"Across the metrics that we are looking to, good results. All cases are linked, limited community exposure and a continuing high testing rate above the 40,000 goal we set for ourselves," he said.

Of the day's new cases, two are household contacts of a known case at the Indooroopilly karate class.

One is a close contact of a person from the same class.

Five cases are household contacts of the Ironside State School cases.

Four are household cases of Indooroopilly State High school cases.

One is a close contact of a known case at Brisbane Boys Grammar School.

The lockdown in 11 local government areas is due to end at 4pm tomorrow, however authorities have not yet confirmed whether restrictions will be lifted following a rise in the number of positive cases this week.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said a decision would not be made until tomorrow's numbers are revealed.

"Today's numbers are encouraging, but I really can't predict what tomorrow will do. I need those numbers before we have a decision," she said.

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Dr Miles said increased testing numbers would be crucial for restrictions to lift.

"It is important to note we will see continued cases."

There are currently more than 10,000 people in Queensland subject to home quarantine directions.

"That's the cohort that we are monitoring," Mr Miles said.

"Whatever happens tomorrow, those 10,091 people will need to stay in quarantine depending on their circumstances."

Residents in Cairns urged to get tested

Dr Miles has urged all residents of the Far North Queensland region to come forward for testing in a bid to be "reassured that there is not transmission" authorities have not detected.

"The Chief Health Officer is very keen to see extra testing in the Cairns community, we had a case there other day, we need more test to be assured and reassured," he said.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young reiterated Dr Miles' sentiment.

"Please, Cairns, you have done a great job coming out and getting tested since you heard about that pilot being positive," she said.

"I need to continue that for a few more days. We need to check what is going on in Cairns.

"Anyone in Cairns today with any symptoms at please come forward and get tested. We have seven public clinics open ready to test you today, that is important."

'Stop the behaviour': Warning from police

There were more than 100 fines handed down in the last day to people who "continue to do the wrong thing", Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.

"(There were) 42 people that we had to give penalty infringement notices to and vehicles we intercepted, people who do not have a valid excuse to be out and about in the community," he said.

"And 60 people we gave penalty infringement notices to who refused to wear masks.

"To those people, do the right thing. Stop the behaviour."

Deputy Comissioner Gollschewski said there were also four people arrested for health order breaches.

"We had two persons at Noosaville who not only refused to check in with the check-in app, then refused to wear masks and then decided to have an argument with police and resist the arrest," he said.

"We were also given a tip off of two people in Mackay who had left Brisbane to attend a party, knowing full well they should not be outside lockdown area.

"Both of those persons have received a $1378 fine for their trouble."

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said there continues to be breaches along the Queensland and NSW border.

'Unacceptable': NSW scolded for travel in Queensland

Residents from NSW have been given a stern warning to stay out of Queensland while border restrictions remain in place.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said she has been alerted to several incidents of people trying to cross the border despite strict travel restrictions.

"We had an incident yesterday, where two paramedics are now in isolation waiting for results for these people who came up from NSW," she said.

"It is unacceptable that people still try to get across our borders."

"Our message to everyone down south who are coming from a hotspot, the police are monitoring, we don't want you to be visiting Queensland right now."

Premier out of lockdown

Dr Miles also announced the return of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tomorrow after receiving her final COVID-19 test of home quarantine.

"I am pleased to report the premier has had her final COVID-19 test," he said.

"It has come back negative so she is looking forward to being released tomorrow morning.

"She will come straight to work and she is looking forward to being here with us for the press conference tomorrow."

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