Queensland records 16 local, 11 overseas Covid cases

Queensland has recorded 16 new local COVID-19 cases, raising Brisbane’s Delta outbreak to 79 cases.

The new cases were detected after 52,351 tests in the 24 hours to 6am on Thursday – the second consecutive daily record for the state.

All but three were in quarantine for their entire infectious period.

Besides, 11 overseas acquired cases were reported from a marine vessel.

They are all linked to the existing Delta variant outbreak centred on Indooroopilly in western Brisbane, which led to an eight-day lockdown of the southeast.

Dr Jeannette Young says Queensland will need “something special” but is “encouraged” the lockdown can end as scheduled on Sunday.