Australia lifts Brisbane lockdown as Covid cases dwindle

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk delivered an update Wednesday morning. Source Getty

Eight new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, seven of those overseas acquired and one historical case which Dr Young said they believe was the missing link to the first Brisbane cluster.

Anyone quarantining in the ACT due to having been in Greater Brisbane will receive communications from ACT Health advising them if they are able to leave quarantine, subject to them having received a negative COVID-19 result during their quarantine period.

"I understand a lot of families in the Greater Brisbane have made plans and the last thing we want to see are accidents on our roads at 5pm this afternoon into the evening", Ms Palaszczuk said.

It has reported about 22,000 local cases, including 909 deaths, since the start of the pandemic, far fewer than most other developed nations.

The announcement comes after hospital staff who worked in an infectious disease ward at the centre of Queensland's Covid-19 clusters were forced into isolation.

Hospitality venues can be open for seated eating and drinking only, with no dancing allowed, with businesses allowed to re-open with a one person per 2 spare metre rule in place.

The below locations were listed as close contacts and if you visited at the relevant times you should: quarantine for 14 days and complete the contact tracing self-assessment.

Annastacia Palaszczuk says the lockdown on Greater Brisbane will lift at midday on Thursday.

The lifted restrictions will mean Easter services can go ahead, and there can be 100 per cent capacity if the seating is ticketed.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young described the one new community case overnight as the "perfect case" because it was linked to the Byron Bay cluster.

There are now 82 active cases in Queensland hospitals.

"For the next 14 days, we will need to continue that testing".

Dr Young praised health workers for their commitment, adding that more than 17,000 health workers had died across the globe from COVID-19.

"You need to use some commonsense", she said in relation to the ongoing mask restrictions.

In Melbourne's west and southeast, residents and recent visitors have been urged to remain on high alert for coronavirus symptoms even though Victoria has not recorded any new locally acquired cases for 33 days.

"What I say to the public is [that] this is very encouraging and we'll be providing you with an update again tomorrow at 9am and, fingered crossed, all will be looking good for Easter", she said.

Some restrictions will remain across all of Queensland for two weeks until 12 noon on April 15, Palaszczuk said on Twitter.



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