Brisbane recorded 10 new cases and four of which were community transmission cases that were diagnosed overnight. This leads to a Brisbane wide lockdown starting today March 29 at 5:00 pm.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that six of the cases were overseas acquired and four were local — two of those were linked to the 26-year-old landscaper from Stafford who tested positive for the highly infectious UK strain on Thursday night. Two of the cases have an unknown origin.
Since some of the new infections were travelling to either Gladstone or Byron Bay, the rest of Queensland was also getting a fresh set of restrictions to make sure the safety of everyone.
Because of that, the three-day lockdown may include some places such as Logan, the Redlands, Moreton Bay, and Ipswich will be also confined to their homes on the said number of days.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr. Jeannette Young said that there were 11,626 tests carried out on 6,130 people yesterday, with the majority from the Brisbane city region. So anyone who has been to Greater Brisbane since March 20 needs to follow the lockdown restrictions and community protocols.
Educational institutions will be closed, and people are only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons including food, exercise, essential work, and medical reasons. Only two visitors are allowed at homes — outside of Greater Brisbane, gatherings are limited to 30.
Important places and facilities such as hospitals, homes for the aged, and prisons will be more strict with regards to allowing visitors. Also, restaurants and pubs will ensure that the customers and clients are seated.
The Premier gave her sympathy to everyone. She knows that this is very hard news to hear, but it’s incredibly necessary to try and limit the spread of community transmission.
The Queensland Health authorities are the ones to expect on providing more information throughout the day to the people, particularly regarding venues of concern. The Health Minister is also connecting with NSW authorities over concerns the virus may have been able to spread in Byron Bay.
Authorities will conduct a review on Wednesday night March 31, to see if the lockdown can be lifted in time for the Easter break. People in Brisbane must stay at home and wait for further announcements from the authorities.
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