Brisbane lockdown: Outbreak of UK Covid variant in Australia’s third largest city | World | News
The Queensland state capital is located on the northeast coast and has a population of more than two million residents. It will enter lockdown at 5pm on Monday local time (6am GMT), as four new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases were confirmed.
This takes the total linked to the UK variant to seven, after the first case was reported on Friday.
Residents will be required to stay at home unless they need to leave for essential work, healthcare, grocery shopping or exercise.
Pubs restaurants and cafes will be shut under the snap lockdown rules – except for takeaway.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland state Premier, told reporters: “I know this is a really big call and I know it is really tough.
“We have Easter coming up, we have school holidays coming up but let’s do it now and let’s do it right.”
The B117 UK mutation is highly contagious. It is thought to be more 50 percent more transmissible than other strains.
Lockdown measures will take effect in the Greater Brisbane area. This includes the councils of Brisbane, Ipswich, Redlands, Logan and Moreton Bay.
Adelaide experienced this for three days in November, followed by areas of Sydney for three weeks in December.
In January, Brisbane entered a three-day snap lockdown – and Perth for five days in February.
Melbourne residents experienced a five-day lockdown in February.