The Greater Brisbane Lockdown Will Lift Tonight, Some Restrictions To Remain

Grant Boone
January 12, 2021

The new case was confirmed by authorities last night and there has been no change to the restrictions in place for Greater Brisbane following the lifting of the three-day lockdown.

Queensland Health announced the diagnosis Monday afternoon, with Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young describing it as "unsurprising" due to the contagious nature of the United Kingdom mutant variant.

Tasmania has allowed some recent arrivals from Greater Brisbane out of quarantine but the region remains listed as high-risk.

The Premier on Monday announced the surprise three-day lockdown was over after no new COVID-19 cases were detected in the community over the weekend following a massive 18,904 tests on Sunday.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says the man has been in quarantine since January 7 and additional contact tracing is underway.

Of the woman's 147 close contacts, 112 have tested negative with the rest of the tests pending.

People will be able to have a total of 20 people at their house and to meet up in public spaces, like a picnic in a park. The woman also had the United Kingdom mutant strain of COVID-19 and had been in quarantine in Melbourne for 10 days before being allowed to fly but has since tested positive for the virus.

Dr Young said health authorities wanted to test passengers on Jetstar flight JQ570 but she said Queensland Health had already contacted all passengers.

'So it's really important that anyone who has attended one of those three particular venues. comes forward'.

"We want to make sure that that incubation period, that 14 days, has totally lapsed before we return back to normal", Palaszczuk said, noting there had been zero local cases recorded in the previous 24 hours.

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"When in doubt, wear a mask", Ms Palaszczuk said.

An urgent public health alert was issued late on Saturday evening, ordering anyone who had visited Coles at Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown on January 5, 7.30am-8am, or Woolworths Calamvale North on January 3, 11am-noon to get tested and quarantine for 14 days, regardless of the test result.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland's Amanda Rohan said the lockdown and the new rules were a setback for businesses during the crucial school holiday trading period.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli said the lockdown created uncertainty for business but it was a relief to see there were no new virus cases.

She had arrived in Melbourne from the United Kingdom on Boxing Day and tested positive to the virus during the first day of her stay in hotel quarantine.

"Greater Brisbane responded so well to that three-day lockdown, I'm so proud of every single family that did what the Chief Health Officer asked them to do".

She defended the measures as "definitely not an over-reaction".

"While those people affected are not required to undertake a COVID-19 test upon leaving quarantine, they are reminded to continue to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they start to experience even the mildest of symptoms".

'As our friends from Queensland have pointed out, that was totally in line with Australian and global protocols, ' he said.

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