Victoria recorded another donut day on Friday as there were zero new local cases of COVID-19. One infection was detected in hotel quarantine and there are 39 active cases in the state as authorities work to contain a highly infectious UK strain of the virus.
One infection was detected in hotel quarantine and there are currently 39 active cases around the state.
More venues were added to the hotspots in the region which are located on the DHHS website. Meanwhile, many Victorians are stranded in NSW and sleeping in the car is looming as the only option for those stranded after spending thousand on emergency accommodation in NSW on top of rent for their homes which they can’t get to as the border remains shut.
In the NSW Northern Beaches, no new coronavirus cases have been reported so far in 2021, though the peninsula was the epicentre of December’s shock outbreak causing states to close the border to NSW.
The state recorded no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus on Thursday.
Queensland recorded nine new cases of COVID-19 overnight in hotel quarantine, however lockdown has been imposed in some areas.
The Queensland regions of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands will go into lockdown from 6pm tonight with residents required to stay home until 6:00pm Monday in an effort to stop the spread of the highly-infectious United Kingdom strain of the virus. Workers in essential services are the only ones exempt from the lockdown whereas other residents can leave for medical purposes, essential services or exercise in their local area.
People in lockdown areas will be allowed two visitors at their homes.
Residents in these region are in high alert after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel in Brisbane tested positive on Thursday to the mutant strain and was in the community for five days while positive.
Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk said that masks would also be mandatory and said the lockdown was necessary.
“Think of it as a long weekend at home, we need to do this,” she said. “If we do not do this now it could end up being a 30-day lock down.
“Let’s be in this together, let’s stay at home, look at it as a long weekend at home with your family and friends.”