Covid 19 coronavirus: Queensland resists lockdown after finding link in Brisbane cluster

Ruben Fields
March 29, 2021

"I didn't have a party with 25 people", he told Nine News.

The man, aged in his 20s, partied with friends and visited numerous public locations while awaiting his swab result - despite being instructed to isolate until he had returned a negative test.

"If your home is normally outside Brisbane, you have come into Brisbane to work for the day, as we know a lot of people do, of course, you can then return to your home but anyone who has been in that Greater Brisbane area since Saturday, 20 March, is now required to follow those same requirements, that is to stay wherever they are except for those four reasons", Doctor Young said.

He is infected with the B.1.1.7 strain, also referred to as the United Kingdom variant, a mutation known to be more transmissible and more deadly than older variants.

Ms D'Ath added officials acted on what they understood to be true at the time and told reporters she became aware of the new information on Sunday morning.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the case shouldn't cause alarm, but was a timely reminder of the importance of continuing to practice good hygiene and social distancing.

The Strathpine man visited at least 15 venues in the northern and eastern suburbs of Brisbane while infected.

Dr Young said this amounted to "significant community transmission", with "many venues" affected.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young

The family-owned Mamma's Italian Restaurant in Redcliffe, where the Stafford man spent three hours last Sunday, announced it would close until after Easter after the government toughened directions, ordering anyone who was there to go into 14 days of quarantine.

The Eatons Hill Hotel has also been identified as a location of concern linked to the Strathpine case.

It's happening again: in response to a new community case of COVID-19 in Brisbane, other states are changing their health advice and border requirements.

The Strathpine man was identified as a close contact of a 26-year-old Stafford man who tested positive to the highly infectious United Kingdom strain on Thursday night.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said she felt differently about the situation this time around.

As noted in the second alert, NSW Health now requires anyone who has been in Brisbane City Council or Moreton Bay Regional Council areas in the past fortnight and enters NSW from 12.01 am today, Saturday, March 27, to fill out a passenger declaration form - which includes confirmation of whether you've visited any venues of high concern.

"They have recently been in Byron Bay during their infectious period. I don't want to see that happen to Queensland, I don't want to see that happen to Australia".

It is the first locally acquired case reported in Australia in over a week, with most states gradually rolling back restrictions to near pre-pandemic levels, reports Xinhua news agency.

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