Queensland finds 'missing link' case that sparked Brisbane lockdown

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk delivered an update Wednesday morning. Source Getty

Schools are closed, and restaurants and cafes can only serve takeaway orders.

State officials reported no new cases on Thursday.

The cluster of cases linked to the bachelorette party has grown to 12 cases, while the one connected to a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital remains steady at eight infections. "That is, of course, very good news".

Anyone still awaiting a test result will need to continue to isolate until it is received, and ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said that meant around 70% of the people in quarantine would be able to leave quarantine at 1pm.

There were 35,357 people tested in the past 24 hours.

"Fingers crossed all will be looking good for Easter", Ms Palaszczuk said.

"If anyone's been to any of those venues listed, they mightn't be sick anymore, because they might have had an illness and recovered because it was a long time ago, " Dr Young said.

Weddings can welcome one person per two square metres or 200 guests - whichever is greater.

"This is yet another nurse who has unfortunately - through doing nothing wrong - has contracted the infection, from a gentleman who is clearly a super spreader", Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

"Which is what we know COVID does".

'This will include a large number of staff and it is regardless of whether there was patient contact or not. "But then to get a second cluster, that's an enormous amount of risk".

Stay-at-home orders for more than two million people in Australia's third-biggest city Brisbane were lifted Thursday, ending a snap coronavirus lockdown just ahead of the traditionally busy Easter holidays.

The case prompted Premier Gladys Berejiklian to reintroduce restrictions in four northern NSW local government areas - Byron, Ballina, Tweed and Lismore. The eleventh hour decision has left thousands of attendees stranded in the tourist town.

"If there's anyone in their friendship group or their house that are sick, they should go and get tested".

While health authorities see no further reason to worry the PA Hospital is still in a lockdown with restrictions and extra precautions in place at all Queensland hospitals.

The nurse never showed symptoms but was tested through being a contact of a case.

Newstead Brewing on Doggett Street - one of Brisbane's most popular bars - has been added to the state's casual contact locations.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would raise the high numbers of overseas-acquired cases in national cabinet next week.

Masks are now mandatory and gatherings at homes are limited to just two people in the affected region.

The premier also urged residents living in the area not to head elsewhere for the Easter break.



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