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Greater Brisbane to Enter Three-Day Lockdown Over UK COVID-19 Variant

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has declared a three-day lockdown in Greater Brisbane after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel tested positive for the new strain of COVID-19 that was first detected in the United Kingdom.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has declared a three-day lockdown in Greater Brisbane after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel tested positive for the new strain of COVID-19 that was first detected in the United Kingdom.

Palaszczuk has ordered a brief lockdown starting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 8 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 11 to prevent the spread of a more transmissible COVID-19 variant detected from a female worker last Jan. 7.

“We know that this U.K. strain is highly infectious. It is 70% more infectious, and we are going to go hard and we are going to go early to do everything we can to stop the spread of this virus,” Palaszczuk told reporters.

No additional cases of the variant have been detected, but authorities said they could not afford any delay of action.

“If we do not do this now, it could end up being a 30-day lockdown,” Palaszczuk also said.

“These measures are tough, but they are important to keep our community safe,” Palaszczuk stated in a tweet along with the newly imposed restrictions.

Under the new measures applied to the council areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands, and Logan, people are required to wear masks and are only allowed to leave their homes for certain reasons, which include buying necessities, seeking healthcare, going for an exercise, and attending work or school if it cannot be done at home.

Household visitors are limited to only two and they must be to support a vulnerable person in the household.

Restaurants, cafes, and pubs will only be open for takeaway services only while entertainment venues must close.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the lockdown a “wise call” and said in a tweet that it “will buy much needed time.”

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