Brisbane enter snap 3-day lockdown as cluster continues to grow

A woman wears a face mask as she rides her bike through Southbank during a lockdown in Greater Brisbane

Six are close contacts of confirmed cases.

Doctor cluster New cases linked to cluster have only emerged in the past few days.

Those travelling through Greater Brisbane (to and from areas not under lockdown) must use only private vehicles and are not allowed to stop while moving from one place to another.

'We just have to take this day by day, ' Ms Palaszczuk said.

"So the steps that we took to go into this lockdown, as you can see by those numbers of community transmission today, was absolutely the right call".

The party at the heart of the second cluster was located in Byron Bay, meaning NSW authorities are on high alert as the virus spreads among attendees.

The second cluster is linked to a nurse and has grown rapidly after she attended a weekend hen's party in Byron Bay in northern New South Wales.

A male entertainer at the party, who is also a tradie who lives on the Gold Coast, is one of five people from the hens celebration who have tested positive overnight.

"Both clusters are B117, or commonly called the United Kingdom variant, but they are very, very different".

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has also left open the door to expand the lockdown to other regions.

Dr Young said there's also another two cases, which are believed to linked to the two clusters, but testing is underway.

'We want to get on top of this community transmission, ' Ms Palaszczuk told reporters.

There are now more than 60 potential virus exposure sites across Greater Brisbane.

Queensland Health said the doctor had not been vaccinated but was wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when she met the patient, and there had been no identified breaches.

"Already 41,000 of our frontline health workers and people looking after hotel quarantine have been vaccinated, which is around 89 per cent".

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said a mandate could not be brought in earlier because they had not reached a "critical mass" of first doses administered.

When pressed on whether the lockdown might be extended until Tuesday to "give people more certainty", the Premier said it all "depends on what we see over the next 24-48 hours".

Hundreds more people around the state who have visited Brisbane since 20 March are also under orders to stay at home and self-isolate.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has not ruled out the possibility of extending lockdown past 5pm on Thursday.

The number of COVID cases in the state's hospitals has increased from five to 78 in about five weeks, most of which were acquired overseas.

'Do we expect to see more cases?

'The big question will be whether or not we see unlinked community transmission'.

'I can't predict what's going to happen in the next week or two'. The restrictions will be reassessed (and possibly extended) on Wednesday, March 31, concerning Queenslanders who may have Easter plans for travel within Greater Brisbane this week.

The lockdown will affect the Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton and Brisbane council areas with mandatory closures and confinements on non-essential businesses and individuals.



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