Jeannette Young calls on Cairns residents to come forward for testing amid snap lockdown

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has called on Cairns residents to come forward for testing after a three-day lockdown was announced for the city.

Her remarks come after the state recorded nine new locally acquired cases with seven linked to the Indooroopilly cluster, one on the Gold Coast and one being a taxi driver from Cairns who had been infectious in the community for 10 days.

“I ask people in Cairns again, it’s really, really important, any symptoms at all, don’t second-guess yourself, any symptoms at all, just come forward and get tested,” she said.

“The hospital and health service has put in place additional hours for clinics, and they will work with the community to make sure there’s those testing facilities available. All of that is really important.

“This gentleman had been out in the community during his infectious period for 10 days.”

“So there is a real risk this already could have spread, which is why from 4pm today, we need to go into lockdown, initially for three days, and I hope that’s all that’s needed, to work out what the risk is.”