Millions of residents in the city and several other areas will be placed under house-and-house orders for three days from Saturday afternoon.
Australia’s third-largest city, Brisbane and other parts of the state of Queensland, are heading for a quick COVID lockdown from Saturday, as authorities rush to contain an emerging outbreak of the Delta tribe.
Millions of residents in the city and several other areas will be placed under house-and-house orders for three days from Saturday afternoon, Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said.
“The only way to beat the Delta tension is to move fast, be fast and be strong,” Miles said.
There have now been seven cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in Queensland involving mainly a schoolgirl, her family and a lecturer, but authorities are still trying to trace the source of the outbreak, Miles said.
In the ‘strictest restraint’ imposed by the city, residents are only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, including the purchase of groceries and exercise.
The short-lived closure of Brisbane came as Australia’s largest city in Australia and its environs completed its fifth week of containment, with authorities struggling to halt the spread of a Delta variant outbreak.
“We can not afford to be complacent just because we’ve done so well so far. We all have to comply with these restrictions, ”Miles said.