Australia's Queensland ends zero COVID-19 community transmission with hotel worker infected

Australia's Queensland ends zero COVID-19 community transmission with hotel worker infected

However, the players have been kept in stricter restrictions because the border between New South Wales and Queensland, which will host the next Test, has been locked down as Greater Sydney is still a "hotspot".

Toilet paper was a hot item for panic buyers.

Despite no new local cases of COVID-19 being detected overnight, the state's Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said the mandate was necessary to prevent an outbreak.

Massive crowds flocked to supermarkets stripping shelves of toiletries, perishables and canned goods with lines stretching for hundreds of metres at some stores.

"From 6pm tonight, Friday, to 6pm Monday all residents living in those areas will be required to stay at home".

Figures for November 2020, revealed approximately 29,800 people arrived in Australia in November 2020, a 98.3 percent decrease compared with the same month in 2019 but still more than enough to see thousands of people testing positive while in hotel quarantine.

Any passengers who plan to travel beyond Queensland to another state will need to check state and territory travel restrictions and ensure they have the appropriate exemptions and approvals to travel.

There are reports on social media that some products, including toilet paper, are already being hoarded.

"We don't want to spend the whole time in quarantine and confined to the house".

"We have stock to draw on from our suppliers and distribution centres, and it will continue to flow into stores in large volumes".

"We encourage everyone to continue shopping as they usually would and only buy what they need".

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He issued a strong warning to holiday-makers in Queensland and interstate to "stay where you are".

Greater Brisbane people face the first mandatory order to don face masks outside their homes, prompting a rush to get the essential protection.

Previously, they could be discharged from quarantine from the 10-day mark with three asymptomatic days.

Queensland Health has called for calm, reminding the Brisbane community that supermarkets and essential businesses will remain open.

"There are no concerns that supermarket supplies are at risk during this three- day period", a spokesman said.

Stages and dancefloors will be quiet across Brisbane this weekend, at the very least, after the state Premier announced a three-day lockdown to try crush the community spread of Britain's mutant strain of the coronavirus.

Masks are now mandatory for people flying to and within Victoria and New South Wales and recommended for other services.

Shoppers have been reminded to adhere to social distancing.

"What we are seeing in the United Kingdom and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain", she said.

"The situation is very fluid and very hard, and I'm very pleased it appears there's been very few additional cases in the eastern states in the last day, but obviously we're not out of the woods yet", Mr McGowan said.

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