Fresh restrictions as Qld hotel worker tests positive to UK strain of COVID-19

RESTRICTIONS have been put in place for vulnerable facilities across Greater Brisbane after Queensland’s new COVID-19 case was confirmed to have the highly infectious UK strain.

It’s the first time the strain has been detected in Australia outside of returning overseas travellers.

Following the discovery, Queensland Health has put restrictions on aged care homes, hospitals, disability services and corrections facilities.


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Visitors will be barred from facilities in the Metro North, Metro South and West Morton heath regions.

“We’re taking a very cautious approach with this case, now that we know for sure this person has the UK variant of the virus,” Dr Jeanette Young said.

“Evidence shows that this variant is 70 percent more infectious than other strains.

“This is why I’m taking this firm action swiftly, to protect our most vulnerable facilities.”

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It was confirmed on Thursday the Brisbane quarantine hotel worker had tested positive to COVID-19.

Alerts are already in place for a number of sites across Brisbane, including a couple of train trips, two major supermarkets and a news agency.

The woman in her 20’s is believed to have been infectious from January 2.

Anyone with symptoms is urged to get tested immediately.

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