Brisbane goes into a snap three-day lockdown

Four new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases were reported

Australia's Queensland state warned on Tuesday that more cases of COVID-19 were expected to emerge as authorities scrambled to contain an outbreak linked to the virulent United Kingdom variant, throwing Easter travel plans into disarray. Two cases are under investigation. Just last month, on February 20, the state had just five cases, the Premier highlighted. "So, we need to brace ourselves", NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

Australia reported eight new locally acquired Covid-19 cases in Queensland on Tuesday (March 30) and authorities warned more could emerge as the state scrambles to quash an outbreak linked to the highly contagious United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus. "Do we expect to see more cases?"

Instead, she argues the next two days will be critical in determining whether or not the state spends Easter in lockdown. It comes as authorities look at locations in Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, the Gold Coast and Gladstone for potential cases. On Monday, there were four new cases of community transmission noted in the state and six cases from overseas travel.

Health Authorities say there are now two distinct COVID-19 clusters, one linked to a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital who tested positive two weeks ago, and another related to a nurse at the same hospital who was diagnosed this week. And we have a second cluster linked to the PA nurse.

"It's too early to decide what may or may not happen", Dr Young said.

Five new cases announced today have all been linked to the nurse.

"They all attended a party together down in Byron Bay".

"It is vital anyone in Queensland with any symptoms please come forward".

A Gold Coast tradie, who worked as an entertainer at a hen's party the women attended at The Farm at Byron, has also been struck down by COVID-19.

All residents have been vaccinated.

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"In terms of the Greater Brisbane region, we just have to take this day-by-day", she said.

The Queensland Leader said given they were dealing with the highly-contagious United Kingdom strain of COVID-19, more cases were likely.

She is expected to hold a media conference at 9am.

Many passengers are seen scrambling to retrieve on-board luggage from overhead lockers so they could alight from the plane prior to takeoff from Sydney. "I mean, it would be highly unlikely not to see more cases", Ms Palaszczuk said on radio this morning.

The lockdowns now affect the council areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Logan, and Redlands. We needed a sharp, hard lockdown.

From that time, only South Australian residents, essential workers or people relocating will be able to enter SA from Queensland, and they will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

"So, she worked at the PA Hospital on 18 March in the COVID ward".

Organisers of the long-running Easter music festival have released a statement assuring patrons the event is still going ahead, despite Byron Bay now being at the centre of the latest COVID-19 crisis. "But, of course, we want to make sure that that particular cohort gets their vaccine as soon as possible".

And in January, Brisbane was shut down over a single case of the United Kingdom variant which was found in a quarantine hotel worker.

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