Brisbane has been plunged into a three-day lockdown simply days forward of the Easter weekend after four new native coronavirus cases have been discovered amid an outbreak of the highly-contagious UK variant in Queensland.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated six different cases have been present in resort quarantine.
Three of the new cases are shut contacts of current or historic cases however these contaminated could have been out in the neighborhood – elevating the chance extra transmission could have occurred.
Two of the cases visited the favored vacationer city of Byron Bay in northern NSW whereas infectious, sparking fears the virus has unfold interstate.
From 5pm on Monday night, masks can be necessary in public indoor settings throughout Greater Brisbane – which incorporates Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands – and colleges can be pressured to shut.
More than two million residents residing in these areas can be allowed exterior just for important causes – for work, for train, to purchase important provides or for care.
Only two guests can be allowed within the residence beneath the new guidelines and eating places and cafes can be restricted to takeaway service solely.
The UK pressure of coronavirus – referred to as B117 – is believed to be a minimum of 50 per cent extra transmissable than different variants.
The announcement comes after a Covid-positive man who was wrongly accused by the Queensland authorities of throwing a celebration for 25 buddies whereas ready for his check outcomes hit out at well being officers over the embarrassing mix-up.
Brisbane has been plunged into lockdown simply days forward of the Easter weekend. Pictured are residents lining up at a testing clinic in Brisbane on January 8
BRISBANE’S THREE-DAY LOCKDOWN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW RULES
Greater Brisbane’s three-day lockdown will start at 5pm on Monday March 29 after a new cluster of Covid cases grew to seven
This contains Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands
– Schools, eating places, pubs and cafes can be closed – however can open for takeaway
– People can solely depart their properties for four important causes: important work, important purchasing, medical and train
– Masks can be necessary in every single place inside in Greater Brisbane
– Pubs, cafes and eating places exterior of Greater Brisbane should guarantee all clients sit down
– In the remaining of Queensland, there’s a 30-person restrict on family gatherings
Masks can be necessary throughout Greater Brisbane – which incorporates Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands – for 3 days from 5pm on Monday
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Monday morning as she ordered the entire of Greater Brisbane into a three-day lockdown forward of the Easter weekend
Ms Palaszczuk stated she was declaring the entire of Greater Brisbane a hotspot from 5pm and known as on different states and territories to take action too.
‘There is now extra group transmission, and these folks have been out and about in the neighborhood, and that’s of concern to Queensland Health,’ she stated.
‘This may even allow our well being authorities to get on high of the contact tracing,’ she stated.
‘I do know this may imply some disruption to folks’s lives, however we have completed this earlier than, and we have by means of it over these three days prior to now, and if everybody does the precise factor I’m certain that we will get by means of it once more.’
One of the cases had travelled to Gladstone. Anyone who has been in Brisbane since March 20 may even come beneath the restrictions.
A nurse who labored in a Covid-19 ward and her sister additionally hung out within the Byron Bay space whereas infectious.
Queensland Health is ready for genomic testing to search out out whether or not or not she caught the virus whereas working within the ward.
New South Wales Health officers have instructed anybody who visited the Byron Beach Hotel on Friday March 26 between 7.15pm and eight.30pm or The Farm Byron Bay on March 18 between 8am and 9.30am to get examined instantly and self-isolate.
Shoppers wait exterior a Coles in New Farm in Brisbane as Ms Palaszczuk urged town’s residents to not panic purchase regardless of the lockdown announcement
Shoppers exterior a Woolworths in Newstead in Brisbane’s inner-north kind a socially distanced queue as they put together to enter their newest three-day lockdown
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young with Premier Annastacia Palazczuk on Monday morning. Dr Young had promised earlier this month to not ship Brisbane into a full lockdown once more if there was one other outbreak
Those examined should keep in self-isolation till additional discover whereas NSW Health assesses the transmission threat on the two venues.
The restrictions have been introduced regardless of Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young promising earlier this month there could be no extra strict restrictions in Brisbane even when there was one other outbreak.
On March 19, she stated solely probably the most weak residents in Brisbane – like these in hospitals and aged care properties – could be locked down sooner or later.
Greater Brisbane’s colleges will keep open for the kids of important staff beneath the newest lockdown.
Ms Palaszczuk known as on residents to not panic and begin panic shopping for.
BYRON BAY VENUES ON COVID-19 ALERT
Get examined and self-isolate till additional discover:
Byron Beach Hotel – 1 Bay St, Byron Bay on Friday March 26 from 7.15pm-8.30pm
The Farm Byron Bay – 11 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale on Sunday March 18 from 8am-9.30am
New pop-up testing clinics:
Byron Bay QML Pathology Drive-Through – 8am to 8pm 7 days from noon Monday
Walk-in Pop-Up Clinic; Byron Bay surf membership automobile park – 8am to 6pm from Monday to Sunday, beginning Monday afternoon
‘The supermarkets, the retailers are full of provides and you’ll nonetheless be capable to exit and get meals as half of this lockdown,’ she stated.
‘So please do not exit and panic purchase right this moment. The retailers will function – the meals retailers will function as per regular.’
Queensland Health have been earlier pressured to back-pedal after claiming on Saturday Lachlan Simpson, 25, ignored orders to self-isolate and as an alternative held a celebration at his residence within the Moreton Bay suburb of Strathpine.
Mr Simpson was a detailed contact of a 26-year-old Stafford man from Brisbane’s north who examined constructive to the UK variant of Covid-19.
Beachgoers at The Pass in Byron Bay. Two of the cases introduced on Monday visited the favored vacationer city in northern NSW whereas infectious
Byron Bay’s iconic The Beach Hotel is one of the venues listed as potential Covid-19 publicity websites
Lachlan Simpson, from south-east Queensland’s Moreton Bay area, was falsely accused of ignoring orders to self-isolate and holding a celebration at his residence
The 26-year-old’s case is linked to the pressure which contaminated a physician on the Princess Alexandra Hospital two weeks in the past – however officers do not know the way it jumped between the 2, who are not recognized to have ever met.
The ‘occasion’ was actually a gathering of simply 5 folks at his residence – four of whom have been housemates – whereas a gathering and pub crawl occurred two weeks in the past.
Ms Palaszczuk admitted on Monday she could have been pressured to introduce even harder Covid-19 restrictions had officers not realised their mistake.
‘Thankfully, the police have been capable of go and double verify and rule that [party] out and converse to the person and spoke to the neighbours,’ she instructed the Today present.
‘I wish to thank each the authorities for working carefully collectively to rule that out.’
She didn’t apologise although for the error a day after Health Minister Yvette D’Ath additionally refused to take action.
Mr Simpson stated he believed the federal government had muddled up the dates after he instructed them he hosted a celebration two weeks earlier
Mr Simpson stated he believed the federal government had muddled the dates after he instructed them he hosted a celebration two weeks in the past – seemingly nicely earlier than he was infectious.
‘I instructed them that I had a gathering two weeks previous to me getting examined and one way or the other they’ve taken that day and moved it ahead to Friday,’ he instructed 9News.
‘We went on a pub crawl the subsequent day (after the occasion two weeks in the past) however I believe at that time I had no signs in any respect.’
The Strathpine man stated he was shocked to find he had been accused of flouting self-isolation guidelines.
‘My coronary heart’s been racing for the final 24 hours,’ he stated. ‘I did not have a celebration with 25 folks.’
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath – who revealed the mix-up on Sunday – stated the information they offered the general public was ‘given by the person himself’ whereas aiding contact tracers.
But she admitted there’s a chance authorities misunderstood the information he offered.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath stated authorities have been solely instructed the information they obtained about Mr Simpson was flawed on Sunday morning
She stated the replace that the information was flawed solely got here by means of on Sunday morning.
‘I perceive that as time has gone on, and in a single day, there was additional investigation, an impartial investigation from what the gentleman had stated, whether or not it was a misunderstanding on the time or what it was, I can not inform you, ‘ Ms D’ath stated.
‘But that is what the well being officers who initially spoke to this gentleman, after they first picked him up, that’s what they understood had been stated and that needed to be acted on shortly.’
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski stated it was ‘inflammatory’ to consult with the gathering on Friday night time as a celebration.
He stated there was ‘no proof’ anyone in attendance dedicated an offence.
The 25 folks first recognized as being on the occasion have been initially pressured to self-isolate, however there are now simply 5 individuals who are present process necessary quarantine.
It is known most of the folks on the gathering and now in isolation have been his housemates.
Ms D’Ath requested folks to chorus from threatening and abusing folks online as errors can often occur, however stated the end result was ‘extraordinarily lucky’.
The Sunshine State was placed on excessive alert on Friday after a 26-year-old Stafford man, from Brisbane’s north, examined constructive to the extremely infectious UK varient of the virus. Pictured: Two folks put on face masks
‘That the numbers are far decrease and it’s contained to predominantly housemates, that may be a good end result, a lot better end result than what we thought was occurring yesterday,’ she stated.
‘It is disappointing that we now have ended up on this scenario, however we additionally should act on the information that we now have on the time.’
Dr Young stated the scare is a reminder that Queensland is just not out of the woods but and that Covid nonetheless poses a significant threat.
She stated she wouldn’t make any guarantees relating to potential future lockdowns as she urged folks to return ahead and get examined.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk closed aged care centres, hospitals and prisons to guests in Brisbane within the wake of the outbreak (pictured, testing in February)
‘I can’t rule out something however I’m very hopeful if we do our bit, which is to return ahead and get examined while you are sick, as our first case did. He got here ahead whereas I’m certain he was considering this may’t probably be COVID and examined constructive. So we simply want folks to not make any assumptions,’ she stated.
The state recorded three new cases of Covid on Sunday, together with one inside the group.
The new case is the brother of the 26-year-old man who sparked the fears of an outbreak when he examined constructive on Thursday.
Dr Young stated the scare is a reminder that Queensland is just not out of the woods but and that Covid nonetheless poses a significant threat as she urged folks to hunt testing. Pictured: A drive by means of testing clinic in Brisbane again in January
Dr Young defined on Sunday the brother is probably going the ‘lacking hyperlink’ contact tracers have been looking for.
Early indications recommend the virus was in his system longer than his brother and that he has fully recovered, suggesting he was contaminated first and handed the virus on.
Authorities are investigating whether or not he got here into contact or had any reference to a physician from the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane on March 13.
Genomic sequencing confirmed that his brother had the identical pressure because the physician, and Queensland Health say the cases are seemingly linked, however authorities are nonetheless scrambling to work out how.
QUEENSLAND VENUES ON ALERT
Anyone who has been to the next venues within the specified time frames should get examined regardless of whether or not they have signs and isolate instantly till they obtain a unfavourable end result:
March 20, 12 midday to 2.16pm: each half of Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre on the alert time is now HIGH RISK
March 20, 12 midday to 2.16pm: Westfield Carindale. Shops embrace: Shinobi Ramen Noodle Shop, Fresh Sensations, Go Vita, Robins kitchen, Harris Scarfe and Kmart
March 20, 2.45pm to three.45pm: Market Organics (retailer solely), Newmarket
March 20, 8pm: Baskin and Robbins, Everton Park
March 21, 10.30am to 10.46am: Genki Market, Alderley
March 21, 12.40pm to three.10pm: Mamma’s Italian Restaurant, Redcliffe – HIGH RISK
March 22, 12.20 to 12.25pm: Guzman and Gomez, Stafford
March 22, 12.40 to 12.50pm: Bunnings, Stafford
March 25, 8.30am to eight.45am: Aldi, Stafford
March 25, 11.15am to 11.40am: Nundah Respiratory Clinic, Nundah
Low threat venues:
March 21, 9.50am to 10.20am: Gasworks Plaza, Newstead
March 22, 7.55pm to 8pm: KFC drive-thru, Everton Park
An Aldi grocery store in Stafford, north Brisbane visited by town’s constructive Covid-19 case