COVID-19: Brisbane on three-day lockdown over case of new variant first identified in UK | World news

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Brisbane entered a three-day lockdown after a cleaner in a quarantine hotel was diagnosed with the COVID-19 variant first identified in the UK.

Australia The third largest city – and its surrounding area – will also see the introduction of mandatory face masks for the first time, the Queensland state government has said.

Queensland Director of Health Dr Jeannette Young said: ‘We know this strain is 70% more infectious and we know the extreme difficulty the UK has faced in controlling their outbreak due to this strain. .

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Queensland Health Director Dr Jeannette Young said: ‘We have to act really, really fast’

“So we have to act really, very quickly. We have to find each case now. ”

The housekeeper, in her 20s, is the first person to be infected with the variant in Australia.

Authorities believe the woman was contagious from January 2 – and tested positive after showing symptoms on Wednesday.

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Much fewer travelers will be able to travel to major cities in Australia

Her diagnosis ends around four months without a locally acquired infection in the state of Queensland.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the country would cut the number of arriving air passengers almost in half to avoid the spread of the COVID-19[feminine[feminine variant.

The arrival of limited international passengers – at airports in the states of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia – will last until February 15.

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