COVID-19 testing clinic opens in Maleny

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Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said, "We're taking a very cautious approach with this case, now that we know for sure this person has the United Kingdom variant of the virus", she said.

She travelled on Jetstar flight JQ570 from Melbourne to Queensland arriving 11pm, January 5 and is now residing with her parents in the Maleny region.

The woman arrived from the United Kingdom to Melbourne on Boxing Day and was placed into hotel quarantine where she was tested and found to be positive on December 27.

"The risk is extremely low, very, very, very low because she is right at the end of her potential infectious period".

Brisbane's streets remain deserted, with residents being told to stay at home as authorities work to determine if the highly infectious United Kingdom strain has spread into the community.

Dr Young said visitors will be restricted to aged care, hospitals, disability services and corrections facilities, and these restrictions are imposed immediately.

CHO Dr Jeannette Young after a press conference at 1 William Street.

AUSTRALIA'S THIRD-LARGEST city of Brisbane is in its first day of a snap lockdown, with officials elsewhere on "high alert" over the emergence of more contagious strains of Covid-19.

There are extra patrols outside the The Grand Chancellor where a cleaner was found to have contracted the unsafe United Kingdom variant of COVID-19.

Man standing in fruit section of supermarket

"We have 21 active cases", Ms Palaszczuk said this morning.

Queensland Health will be contact tracing passengers on her Jetstar flight who were sitting near her.

All tests have come back negative and all of those people are still in quarantine.

Residents also must wear masks outside the home.

Ms Palaszczuk said mask-wearing compliance had been good, but urged the public to continue following lockdown rules.

He said there were very few people who needed to be turned around for entering the Gold Coast from Brisbane during lockdown.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said the woman had followed the protocols in Victoria which weren't as strict then as they are now.

She urged people to think of others and to not buy more than what is needed.

The usually bustling shopping strip in the city centre was eerily quiet today, with only a small number of masked locals venturing out for essential reasons after officials announced a three-day lockdown from yesterday evening.



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