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UK COVID-19 variant sends Brisbane into hard lockdown | SBS News

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Greater Brisbane will enter a hard lockdown from 6pm on Friday after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel was diagnosed with the highly contagious UK variant of COVID-19.

Residents in the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Redlands will be required to stay at home until 6pm Monday except for essential work, exercise, essential shopping and to access healthcare.

Masks will also be mandated for people leaving home in the Greater Brisbane area.

“It is incredibly important in this time to stop the spread of this infectious UK strain. We must act immediately, we must act strongly and we have taken those strong measures today,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Friday morning.

Read more: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/greater-brisbane-to-enter-three-day-lockdown-this-evening-amid-uk-covid-19-variant-concern

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