Palaszczuk announces when Greater Brisbane's lockdown will end
Apr 03 2021
Eight new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, seven of those overseas acquired and one historical case which Dr Young said they believe was the missing link to the first Brisbane cluster.
On Wednesday, Queensland Health emailed staff to inform those who had entered the ward between 8pm on March 23 and midday on March 26 would be "requiring quarantine", even if they had no "specific contact with individual patients".
This is up from the more than 1700 yesterday.
"Testing and respiratory clinics will not require a GP referral for the duration of the greater Brisbane lockdown- 5pm AEST Monday 29 March to 11:59pm AEST Tuesday 6 April", it now reads.
'The reality is, the risk is quite high (of community transmission), but with a collective challenge to throw everything we can at it; by getting tested, wearing masks, staying home if you're not well and social distancing, we may be okay'.
Anyone attending food or beverage establishments will have to be seated, and won't be able to order food from the bar.
Home gatherings until then will be restricted to 30 people and dancing will be banned in public venues.
Churches may fill to 100 per cent capacity if they have a ticketed event.
Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital remains in lockdown after recent COVID-19 cases were linked to the ward 5D.
State officials reported no new cases today.
Dr Young said finding the "missing link" was an "enormous relief".
Dr Young praised the "astronomical amount" of testing being done, with more than 35,000 tests carried out in the past 24 hours.
Casual contacts will need to get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result and monitor for symptoms.
"That would just help everyone", she said.
Masks will remain mandatory in indoor settings such as shopping centres, supermarkets, indoor workplaces and public transport across the state until April 15.
The Queensland outbreak has jumped the border, with a case in neighbouring New South Wales state prompting the cancellation of the popular Bluesfest music festival in the coastal tourist town of Byron Bay and the reintroduction of mobility restrictions in the north of the state.
Ms Palaszczuk said it was "fantastic news" there had been no new local transmission.
"The lockdown has been lifted. but we're not out of the woods yet so I'm asking Queenslanders for the next two weeks if we all do the right thing, we can get through this together", Palaszczuk said at a televised briefing.
"So if you have plans, the lockdown is lifted from 12 noon today and I encourage people to take care on the roads".