Greater Brisbane has been ordered into a snap three-day lockdown after four more coronavirus cases emerged in the community.
All new cases are likely close contacts of the three existing or historical cases, but the infected people have been out in the community, raising the risk more transmission may have occurred.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands will go into a three-day lockdown from 5pm on Monday.
“I didn’t sleep last night so I think I am very worried, I’m very concerned,” she said.
“But we’ve done it before, we’ve got through this together, and I’m sure that if everyone does the right thing we will be able to get through it.”
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown will be reviewed on Thursday, ahead of the Easter holiday break this weekend
Anyone who has been in Brisbane since March 20 has been told to abide by the lockdown.
Other states and territories are expected to impose quarantine requirements on travellers from Brisbane.
The lockdown will cause major headaches for families planning to visit Brisbane over Easter, as well as the many thousands of hospitality and tourism companies who rely on their business.
The news has also thrown sporting events into chaos, with fixtures hastily rearranged to accommodate the
The Brisbane Lions’ AFL home game against Collingwood at the Gabba on Thursday night now to be moved to Melbourne.
The Lions have been stuck in limbo in Victoria since last Friday night’s loss to Geelong, awaiting further updates on Brisbane’s developing virus situation.
Brisbane NRL team are set to fly to Melbourne on a Tuesday afternoon charter flight, allowing them time to be tested before Friday’s clash with Melbourne at AAMI Park.