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Brisbane lifts virus lockdown after city finds zero cases

Red alert for Brisbane and Sunshine Coast while lockdown lifts in Sydney Covid 19 coronavirus: Brisbane records no new cases, lockdown to lift
Patty Aguilar | 12 January, 2021, 06:46

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.

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.

There have been no changes to the restrictions that are due to come into effect at 6pm Monday in the Greater Brisbane region, ending the three-day lockdown of the area.

Federal Senator Matt Canavan labelled the lockdown "a massive over-reaction", saying the government was "jumping at shadows" at a great cost to local businesses, but Ms Palaszczuk defended the stance.

"We'll keep listening to the strong medical advice of the Chief Health Officer to keep Queenslanders safe and our economy strong".

Under protocols enacted at the time, the woman was allowed to leave quarantine because she had not had symptoms for three days and had tested positive ten days prior.

Must be worn in indoor places, including shopping centres and supermarkets, gyms, workplaces where people can not socially distance and where it is safe to do so, places of worship, libraries, public transport, taxis and ride share vehicles.

People will also be required to wear a mask on public transport, in taxis and ride shares, on planes and at the airport.

Private gatherings can have up to 20 people in homes and public spaces.

Ms Palaszczuk also said she was "absolutely relieved" to have three days of no community transmission in Queensland but warned the highly contagious United Kingdom variant was "a whole new ballgame".

There were four new cases of COVID-19 detected in hotel quarantine in Queensland on Monday, bringing the total number of active cases to 25. Weddings can have up to 100 people (no restriction on dancing).

Hospitality venues in Greater Brisbane will also continue under further restrictions. You will be be required to wear a mask while seated.

"Those are Coles Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown on 5 January 2021, between 0730-0800 or Woolworths Calamvale North on 3 January 2021 between 1100-1200 and Nextra Sunnybank Hills Newsagent Sunnybank Hills on January 5 between 8.00am and 8.15am".

Two sites were added to the contact tracing list after the quarantine hotel cleaner's partner tested positive on Monday.

The partner of a quarantine hotel cleaner who caught the United Kingdom mutant strain of COVID-19 has also tested positive.

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours.

Health alerts have been issued for three venues in Maleny after a woman flew from Melbourne to Brisbane and then drove to the Sunshine Coast hinterland town on January 5. Western Australia has shut its borders to Queensland as Victoria has introduces a quarantine requirement.

Dr Young said the risk was "extremely low" but said Queensland Health wanted to be cautious.

Dr Young also said an ongoing investigation into how the hotel cleaner became infected may not be conclusive.

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