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Queensland will be on lockdown after UK COVID-19 strain is found in the state


Greater Brisbane will be hard on lockdown for three days, although no new local Covid-19 cases were recorded on Friday as the city tries to stop the spread of a UK strain of the virus.

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Friday that local residents will also have to wear face masks as part of the new measures.

The greater Brisbane area has 2.5 million people locked up in the Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands parish areas.

Residents must stay at home from 6:00 p.m. Friday through 6:00 p.m. Monday, on the advice of Jeanette Young, Queensland Chief Medical Officer.

“Think of it as a long weekend at home. We have to do that. I have the strong advice from Dr. Young, ”said Ms. Palaszczuk.

"If we don't do this now, it could result in a 30-day lockdown."

Residents are only allowed to leave their homes for four reasons: basic shopping, getting around the neighborhood, health care, or work.

Although residents must wear face masks when leaving their homes, the mandate does not apply to children under the age of 12.

The news comes after the state reported Thursday that a quarantine hotel cleaner in Brisbane had been diagnosed with the British variant of Covid-19.

The mutated strain is believed to be up to 70 percent more contagious and is of concern to health officials.

The greater Brisbane area has 2.5 million people locked up in the Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands parish areas

The news comes after the state reported Thursday that a quarantine hotel cleaner in Brisbane was diagnosed with the British variant and that elderly care homes in the greater Brisbane area have been locked (pictured is a testing center in Murrarrie, Brisbane).

The news comes after the state reported Thursday that a quarantine hotel cleaner in Brisbane was diagnosed with the British variant and that elderly care homes in the greater Brisbane area have been locked (pictured is a testing center in Murrarrie, Brisbane).

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Friday that residents will also have to wear face masks as part of the new measures

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Friday that residents will also have to wear face masks as part of the new measures

"Please everyone, let's be together, let's stay home and consider it a long weekend at home with your family and friends," said Ms. Palaszczuk.

“These three days will be tough for everyone. I think everyone in Queensland, especially the Greater Brisbane area, knows what we see in the UK and other places around the world is a high rate of infection from this particular strain.

“We don't want this to happen here in our great state, and that's why we're taking these strong measures today.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted his support following the lockdown announcement.

"Queslsand Premier AnnastaciaMP's wise call for a brief lockdown so that the Queensland health authorities in Brisbane can be informed of the UK pollution case," it reads.

"A big thank you in advance to everyone in the greater Brisbane area for their patience over the coming days."

Queensland reported no new locally transmitted cases and nine new hotel quarantine cases on Friday.

Elderly care homes in the greater Brisbane area have also been banned as visitors are not allowed to visit facilities in the Metro North, Metro South and West Morton heather areas.

Hospitals, prisons, and disabled shelters in the same areas are not allowed to accept visitors.

The mutant strain that plagues Britain is believed to be up to 70 percent more contagious than the original.

This is leading to a surge in cases in England and prompting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order a national lockdown until at least mid-February.

The UK reported more than 60,000 new confirmed cases in 24 hours for the second straight year on Wednesday.

Dr. Queensland chief health officer Jeanette Young said health officials were acting quickly to track down anyone who came into contact with the cleaner.

The greater Brisbane area has 2.5 million people. The boroughs of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands are locked

The greater Brisbane area has 2.5 million people. The boroughs of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands are locked

The infected cleaning lady, a woman in her twenties who lives in Algester, had worked on her last shift on January 2 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Spring Hill (picture)

The infected cleaning lady, a woman in her twenties who lives in Algester, had worked on her last shift on January 2 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Spring Hill (picture)

"We have to find every single case now," said Dr. Young.

“We have to find every person who has now been in contact with this lady, find her and put her in quarantine. We have to do that in the next three days. & # 39;

The hotel cleaner infection ends almost four months after zero locally acquired cases in Queensland.

The positive case, a woman in her twenties, was contagious as of Jan. 2, before testing positive after showing symptoms on Wednesday.

The cleaner visited the Calamvale North Woolworths (pictured) on January 3 between 11am and 12pm while infected

The cleaner visited the Calamvale North Woolworths (pictured) on January 3 between 11am and 12pm while infected

Anyone who has symptoms of a coronavirus is asked to get tested immediately.

Contact tracers follow the movements of the cleaner who was working at the Grand Chancellor Hotel on January 2nd.

"This woman has helped us tremendously and told us exactly where she was, so we're following this," said Dr. Young.

The woman from Algester traveled to and from downtown Brisbane and south on the public rail network.

Health officials say she visited multiple locations while she was potentially contagious.

The woman rode a train from Altandi Station to Roma Street Station at 7 a.m. on January 2 and returned to duty at 4 p.m. that day.

She visited Woolworths on Sunday, January 3rd, from 11am to 12pm at the Calamvale Central Shopping Center.

She was with Coles in Sunnybank Hills for 30 minutes on Tuesday, January 5th from 7:30 a.m.

The British variant of Covid entered Queensland via a returning traveler at Brisbane Airport and has been quarantined nationwide. This is the first time it has come out of hotel quarantine

The British variant of Covid entered Queensland via a returning traveler at Brisbane Airport and has been quarantined nationwide. This is the first time it has come out of hotel quarantine

On the same day, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., she was a newspaper seller in the shopping town of Sunnybank Hills.

"It's important that people, if they have any symptoms at all, come in and get tested," said Jeannette Young, chief health officer.

Residents of Algester, Sunnybank Hills, and Calamvale who have symptoms of the infection are particularly encouraged to get tested as soon as possible.

The Sunshine State now has 20 active COVID-19 cases and the new positive case comes from 15,000 tests in the past 24 hours.

Ms. Palaszczuk has also announced that travelers from the greater Sydney area will not be allowed to enter Queensland until the end of January.

“I know this is very disappointing for people at this time, but we are still concerned about the greater Sydney area. We also have a brief overview of Victoria, ”she said.

“We're going to have a national cabinet meeting tomorrow. I will get more updates there. & # 39;

The border closure will be reviewed at the end of the month.

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