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Brisbane lockdown: Australian city to shut down over seven cases

Brisbane lockdown: Australian city to shut down over seven cases”

Another 18 close contacts of the first case are self-isolating and getting tested.

Anyone who caught flights during those dates will be sent an email and SMS.

Health authorities are scrambling to protect Brisbane from a COVID crisis after an infected man in his 20s hosted a house party while awaiting test results.

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.

More than 3800 people have already filled out the form, which provides information to help NSW Health contact travellers if needed.

"And that is now of concern to Queensland Health and of course concern to me".

They are also advised to avoid non-essential visits to hospitals and residential aged care facilities and disability residential care services until further notice.

"We will conduct genome sequencing on the latest case to confirm they are linked", said Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young.

The locally-transmitted case has been confirmed to be the brother of a 26-year-old Stafford man who tested positive earlier last week.

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It comes as the Brisbane cluster grows to seven overnight, with four more people testing positive.

"So we now have significant community transmission and significant numbers of venues of concern, all through Brisbane and we know that people have moved from Brisbane out into the broader community".

"That is not to say our hospitals can not cope; they will be able to cope, but this is a large influx that we are seeing, and the high rate of people coming back are returned travellers (testing) positive".

Asked if she would rule out an Easter lockdown similar to one in January at the height of the school holidays, she said: "We are very comfortable where things are at the moment".

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said early information received by health authorities had them believing the man had 25 people over to his house.

Other states have similar rules in place, with Western Australia mandating that anyone who has arrived in WA from Queensland since Saturday, March 20 and visited any of the affected locations during the relevant times must get tested immediately for COVID-19 and self-quarantine.

It is understood one of the five people at the house does not live there permanently but has been classed as a housemate because he had been there for a number of days.

"I didn't have a party with 25 people", he told Nine News.

A list of venues visited by the Strathpine man was released last night naming 15 sites including Bunnings Lawnton, Dan Murphys Strathpine and PCYC Lawnton from March 20-25.



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