Day: January 8, 2021

Brisbane enters three-day lockdown over single infection with UK Covid variant

Police officers patrol in Brisbane (Getty Images)
Police officers patrol in Brisbane (Getty Images)

Brisbane has gone into a three-day lockdown after the discovery of a single case of the new coronavirus variant from the UK in the city.

Resident’s in Australia’s third-largest city will be barred from leaving their homes for all but essential purposes after a cleaner working at a hotel used by people in quarantine tested positive for the mutation.

Australian health officials have found several cases of the variant among people in quarantine – but this is the first case to appear in someone outside the country’s strict quarantine system.

The lockdown

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