One other lockdown attainable as Brisbane enters new stage of restrictions

Larger Brisbane will stay “on heightened alert” till January 22, which is able to mark the tip of the virus’s 14-day incubation interval.

Through the subsequent 10 days, face masks will stay obligatory at indoor public areas, capability limits shall be decreased and fewer folks can collect inside properties.


Chief Well being Officer Jeannette Younger stated the virus variant, referred to as B.1.1.7 or 501Y.V1, would should be detected in individuals who had been out locally, quite than isolation, for the foundations to proceed previous January 22.

“We’re actually at the beginning of understanding this new variant, that’s the reason we’ve needed to be so cautious,” she stated.

“I’m not certain we must be as cautious if we’ve a case sooner or later, however whereas we simply do not know lots about it, we’ve to be very, very cautious.”

Dr Younger stated one new case of the UK pressure might set off one other lockdown but it surely “relies upon the place it’s discovered” and confused a optimistic case in quarantine wouldn’t immediate one other stay-at-home order.

Brisbane emerged from a three-day lockdown on Monday evening after authorities discovered no proof that the mutant pressure had unfold extensively in Queensland.

Residents have been ordered to remain house after a lodge quarantine cleaner, contaminated with the brand new pressure, examined optimistic and was mingling locally whereas unknowingly infectious.

Well being authorities tracked down 370 individuals who got here into contact with the cleaner and 172 of these have returned a damaging check outcome. There have been nonetheless 198 checks excellent.

The lady’s accomplice tested positive for the virus on Monday, however has been in quarantine since January 7. Well being authorities have been nonetheless figuring out the person’s potential infectious interval.

Two investigations, one lead by well being authorities and the opposite by police, are below strategy to decide how the cleaner turned contaminated.

If there are not any additional circumstances of group transmission between now and January 22, restrictions will revert again to the way in which they have been at Christmas time, Well being Minister Yvette D’Ath stated.

“If we get this proper, if we do all the things that we have to do then come 22 January we are able to transfer again to the way in which we’ve been working since December 1.”

Dr Younger welcomed the nationwide cupboard’s resolution to cut back overseas arrivals which was growing the chance of a COVID-19 outbreak in Queensland.

“That may assist us enormously as a result of it was a pressure on our system to take these as much as 1400 folks every week, that’s now being decreased to 500,” she stated. “I believe that can assist us to handle the chance.”

Each the ACT and Northern Territory revoked Brisbane’s hotspot standing on Monday.

Individuals heading from Brisbane to Tasmania nonetheless have to quarantine for 14 days, however those that arrived earlier than January eight now not have to isolate.

Victoria’s border remained closed to Larger Brisbane and Western Australia has locked out all of Queensland.

South Australia is but to disclose whether or not it would proceed its 14-day quarantine requirement for Brisbane arrivals and there are not any restrictions for Queenslanders travelling to New South Wales.

NSW was the one state within the nation to have folks check optimistic for the virus exterior of quarantine on Monday.

Three new locally acquired cases were confirmed, however have been linked again to a cluster in western Sydney.

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