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Queensland's Premier 'concerned' that Brisbane Covid-19 cluster will grow

Health officials in Brisbane are warning they're expecting the number of Covid-19 community cases to grow after a sudden outbreak saw the city thrown into a snap lockdown yesterday.

A view of Brisbane's central city. Source: istock.com

The wider city area is in lockdown until Wednesday night at the earliest, after seven Covid-19 cases were detected in the community. 

There are now two distinct clusters of the UK variant of Covid-19 in greater Brisbane.

Today eight new community cases of the virus were recorded in Queensland. Six of the new cases are linked to existing infections while two are under investigation.

Both clusters are linked to frontline healthcare workers who worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane but had not yet been vaccinated.

"We now believe that there are two distinct clusters so we have a cluster linked of course to that PA doctor and we have a second cluster linked to the PA nurse," Queenland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters.

Earlier today Palaszczuk said she's "concerned" about the cluster growing. 

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Urgent contact tracing is underway after new cases of the UK variant were recorded. Source: 1 NEWS

Speaking with Channel Nine's Today programme, she said she had faith in contact tracers. 

Meanwhile, in New South Wales, the state's bracing for a wave of its own Covid-19 cases. 

None have been reported in the past 24 hours, but state premier Gladys Berejiklian "wouldn't be surprised" if infections were detected. 

Byron Bay, roughly an hour from the Queensland border, is on high alert after two of the cases visited the town from Brisbane while infectious.