Brisbane on alert after rare local Covid transmission 26 March, 2021

Brisbane on alert after rare local Covid transmission 26 March, 2021

Queensland has recorded one new community case of COVID in the past 24 hours.

"We've seen what's happened in other countries".

Two of the four locally-acquired cases are linked to a 26-year-old male, who tested positive to the highly-infectious United Kingdom strain last Thursday.

Authorities backtracked on incorrect information released by Queensland Health on Saturday that a new case had hosted a Strathpine house party despite being told to isolate after being tested.

The residents of Australia's third-most populous city will only be able to leave their homes for four reasons: food, exercise, essential work and medical reasons.

There were fears Brisbane residents would be forced into another lockdown after reports the friend of the original case in the new cluster had hosted a party with up to 25 people after he had been told to isolate.

From 5.00 pm tonight, everyone in Brisbane, Logan, the Redlands, Moreton Bay and Ipswich will be confined to their homes for three straight days.

"They have recently been in Byron Bay during their infectious period", Doctor Young said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Queensland needed to be measured and proportionate in its response to new coronavirus cases.

Australia's Queensland state reported one new coronavirus case on Sunday (March 28) linked to the highly contagious B117 United Kingdom mutant strain, but officials said a wider lockdown was not needed yet.

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"Most of the venues we know of so far are not required to check-in customers, meaning we are relying on people to examine the exposure sites and come forward if they have been there during the times stated.

Now we need to do this now to avoid a longer lockdown", Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

Dr Young said the source of their infections was not yet confirmed. "But, I don't think they'll have had enough chance to spread that within the community further, so the risk of further spread is low, I would assume, and that's a good thing".

"What we do know is that cafes and restaurants are higher risk, people are sitting there for a period of time, what we have lent the last 24 hours is that this gentleman had been at the restaurant for nearly three hours", she said.

Aged care facilities, hospitals and prisons will have visitor restrictions brought in, while all pubs and restaurants must ensure that patrons are seated.

"We would like to rule out every single possibility here; the sooner that everyone does this (get tested), the better we will be", she said.

A review will be conducted on Wednesday night, to see if the lockdown can be lifted in time for the Easter break.

Restaurant and Catering Australia chief executive Wes Lamber expects $50 million to be lost in revenue while health authorities have been left red-faced after promising an end to the days of widespread lockdown.

"What this says to us is the fact that there are now more community transmissions and these people have been out and about in the community", the Queensland premier said on Monday.

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