The more than 2 million residents of Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, will be barred from leaving their homes for anything but essential business for three days from Friday evening after a worker at a quarantine hotel tested positive for the new variant, which was first detected in Britain.
"The risk is extremely low - very, very, very low - because she (the traveller) is right at the end of her potential infectious period", Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young told media.
Dr Chant said NSW had detected six cases of the United Kingdom strain since November 30 and two remained in the special accommodation while the other four were no longer deemed infectious.
Worldwide aircrew will be required to take a COVID-19 test in Australia every seven days or on arrival, as determined by state health authorities.
Authorities believe the woman, aged in her 20s, was infectious from January 2.
He also announced that overseas travellers would need to test negative to COVID-19 before departing for Australia, and daily coronavirus testing was now required for quarantine workers.
Changes will also be made in NSW's hotel quarantine system, including faster genomic sequencing and enforcement of a full 14-day isolation period after symptom onset in COVID-positive travellers.
Medical experts will present a detailed report on the United Kingdom virus which is 70 per cent more infectious than other strains.
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Bushtime organisers have made the hard decision to cancel the event, which was due to open Saturday, after Greater Brisbane was put into COVID-19 lockdown.
Ipswich City Council Mayor Teresa Harding told the Queensland Times the lockdown would be short and sharp, hopefully helping to avoid a much longer lockdown.
"Anyone who attended is now considered a casual contact and must get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result", NSW Health said. The one difference is that the restrictions in Sydney are CA protocols while those in Brisbane are imposed by the Queensland government as the terms to allow exemptions to be granted.
The current lockdown is set to last for three days.
It comes after a woman, identified as having the highly contagious United Kingdom strain of the virus, returned a result showing remnants of the virus.
Queensland has flagged multiple covid hotspots, including the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan.
The second day of the Australia-India Test is also being played at the SCG on Friday, with attendees forced to wear masks except when eating or drinking.
"We are confident enough to obviously lift the restrictions in the northern zone of the northern beaches, confident enough for that to occur, but can we guarantee that there aren't remnants of community transmission?"