Premier reveals decision on Brisbane lockdown, one new case

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Brisbane's three-day lockdown will end after Queensland recorded just one locally acquired coronavirus case on Thursday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk thanked Queenslanders for their response, revealing there were more than 34,000 tests performed in the previous 24 hours – a new daily record.

"Easter is good to go," she told reporters, giving more than two million residents the green light to festivities and travel plans.

In an unexpected move, the lockdown's ending time has been brought forward to 12pm (AEST) on Thursday. It was initially planned to end at 5pm. 

Ms Palaszczuk said the decision was made to reduce the risk of traffic accidents as families head off over the holiday period.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has lifted Brisbane's lockdown. Source: Getty
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has lifted Brisbane's lockdown. Source: Getty

However Ms Palaszczuk warned the state was "not out of the woods yet" and revealed face masks would be required in indoor spaces such as shopping centres and on public transport for two weeks.

“For the next two weeks if we all do the right thing, we can get through this together,” she said.

Home gatherings will be limited to 30 people while patrons must be sat in hospitality venues. 

Byron Bay trip cluster grows

Thursday's sole case is linked to one of the existing two clusters which stem from the Princess Alexandra Hospital. On Wednesday, the state recorded two local cases.

The latest case is part of the hen's party which visited Byron Bay. Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young described the infection as "the perfect case".

They were in quarantine already when testing positive.

Dr Young said there were eight cases linked to the first cluster from the hospital, and 12 linked to the second cluster centred around the nurse who was among the bridal party. 

Any workers who set foot inside the affected hospital ward from March 23 to 26 have been ordered into two weeks of quarantine, even if they weren't directly involved in patient care.

There are now 118 exposure sites across the state.

A man who sat near the travelling group at the town's Byron Beach Hotel has also tested positive, sparking health alerts in NSW.

The virus scare in Byron Bay prompted the cancellation of the tourist town's Bluesfest music festival and the reintroduction of restrictions in northern NSW.

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