'I'm absolutely furious': Queensland sent into snap 3-day lockdown

·News Reporter
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Brisbane has become the latest major Australian city to be placed into lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Tuesday morning, South East Queensland, Townsville city, Palm Island and Magnetic Island will go into lockdown from 6pm Tuesday to 6pm Friday.

A lady is seen walking through the Brisbane CBD wearing a mask.
A woman walks through Brisbane's CBD during lockdown earlier this year. Source: Getty Images

The premier added she was been left with "no option" after a 19-year-old hospital clerical worker from Sandgate, who was not vaccinated against Covid, travelled to North Queensland last week.

She returned a positive test yesterday.

"I am absolutely furious about this," the premier said, adding the teen should have been vaccinated given her line of work.

People wear masks at Southbank in Brisbane, Australia.
Brisbane residents enjoy the sunshine at South Bank. Source: Getty Images

The premier said the teen had been working outside of the Covid ward at Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital.

"I want to say to everyone, I know we are in the middle of school holidays, and I know people have made plans, but we have just got to do this," she said.

"We have got to do this for three days, there will be a lockdown for three days, and I don't want it to be 30 days."

Queensland reported two cases on Tuesday. The other case was a miner living in Ipswich.

Health authorities worried about 'four incidences'

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said she was concerned about "four incidences".

"We have the miners who returned from the Tanami (Desert) mine (Northern Territory)," she said.

"We have the five flights that crew member was positive on, with Virgin airlines and although only two of them came into Queensland, we know the other three potentially had Queenslanders on board, who have then come back into Queensland."

Dr Young added she's concerned about "all five" of the flights.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is seen during a press conference in Brisbane.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she's furious a healthcare worker wasn't vaccinated. Source: AAP

The Portuguese restaurant cluster also has Dr Young wary.

One person in that cluster is linked through genome sequencing but Dr Young does not know who infected them.

"I am worried that there might be a case out there in the community that I don't know about," she said. 

"Then I have got this fourth case that may be linked to that case through the Portuguese restaurant cluster, or it may be linked to one of those overseas travellers that's been admitted to the Prince Charles Hospital, or it could be another linkage that I have just got to work through."

More to come.

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