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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the pandemic situation in Brisbane is serious and the Queensland Government has made a “wise decision” to lockdown for three days.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state leaders say Queensland has acted in all Australians’ interests by ordering a snap lockdown in greater Brisbane.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a three-day lockdown in Greater Brisbane to spread of UK strain of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 lockdown applies to the council areas of Logan, Brisbane, Moreton, Redlands, and Ipswich, and goes to Friday from 6 pm to Monday at 6 pm.
Mr Morrison said, “It is moving so quickly far more quickly than last strains of the virus.”
“That means we have to give our contact tracers a head start to assure they can track down all of the contacts from this individual.”
Mr Morrison said, “We request to Australian in lockdown ruling areas stay where you are.”
He said, “Do not go home to another state, any other part of your state, or anywhere for the next few days, just stay where you are.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has praised Queensland’s proportionate acknowledgement for containing the variant that is 70% more infectious than last versions of the virus. This UK strain of the virus has pushed some UK hospitals to the highest capacity.
- You can leave the house to do essential work.
- You can go out of the home to provide support for a vulnerable person or health care.
- For necessary shopping only within your local area.
- Going out of the house for exercise is permitted but in your local neighbourhood.
- Two visitors are allowed into homes (in case of providing care to a vulnerable person).
- Plenty on not wearing a mask.
As the lockdown for three days announced the panic of buying has returned in Brisbane stores or supermarkets.
Car parking is full; huge queues are forming outside Woolworths and Coles stores across the city.
The premier has ensured all essential supermarkets, including retailers, could remain open still the rush comes out because of the three-day lockdown announcement.
Overnight 13,000 plus people were tested for the virus, but Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urged more people to come forward. Ms Palaszscuk thanked citizens who came out for testing.
Queensland has found nine new cases of coronavirus in hotel quarantine.