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Brisbane lockdown: Health authorities wait on 200 coronavirus tests

Queensland health authorities are anxiously waiting for the results of 200 tests linked to the highly contagious UK variant of coronavirus that triggered a three-day lockdown on Friday.On Monday morning, the state’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young confirmed the lockdown would end but revealed authorities are still scrambling to squash the threat of the…

Queensland health authorities are anxiously waiting for the results of 200 tests linked to the highly contagious UK variant of coronavirus that triggered a three-day lockdown on Friday.

On Monday morning, the state’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young confirmed the lockdown would end but revealed authorities are still scrambling to squash the threat of the new variant in the Sunshine State.

She said 370 contacts of the lady who travelled through Queensland while infected had been identified and 172 of those had returned negative test results.

But this means about 200 results remain in limbo, with Dr Young fearing more contacts with the destructive strain of the pandemic need to reveal themselves to health authorities.

“I don‘t think that everyone has come forward yet,” she told reporters on Monday morning.

“So I’m going to go through those venues that I am most concerned about and I ask anyone, if you’ve been to any of these venues during the times listed, please immediately ring 13 HEALTH (13 432 584) for advice or go to one of those testing sites and tell them you have been in that venue.

“We need to find everyone.”

These venues include:

  • Woolworths Calamvale North between 11am and 12pm on January 3.
  • Coles Sunnybank Hills on January 5 between 7.30am and 8am.
  • Nextra Sunnybank Hills newsagent on January 5 between 8am and 8.15am.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the three-day lockdown would be lifted at 6pm on Monday night but that wearing of masks would still be recommended while in public spaces.

Residents of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redlands council areas will need to carry a face mask with them “at all times” until 1am on January 22.

In addition, hospitality and retail spaces will go back to the one person per four square metre rule.

“You will need to wear your mask in shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“In hospitals and aged care facilities, in churches and places of worship, libraries and at indoor recreational facilities such as cinemas, art galleries and gyms.”

Masks will also be required in indoor workplaces where workers cannot socially distance, as well as in public transport, taxis and ride shares.

Masks will no longer be required in private vehicles.

“When in doubt, wear a mask, that is very simple,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

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