Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced this morning that “Easter is good to go”, with Brisbane’s lockdown to be lifted today at noon, five hours earlier than planned.
There were ten new cases detected in the last 24 hours. Nine are in hotel quarantine and one is linked to a known cluster.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the new locally acquired case poses no risk to the community as “they have been in quarantine during their infectious period”.
Palaszczuk is lifting the lockdown earlier than the originally planned time of 5pm in the hope of avoiding a rush of people on the roads heading into the Easter Break.
“I understand a lot of families in the Greater Brisbane [area] have made plans and the last thing we want to see are accidents on our roads at 5pm this afternoon into the evening,” she said.
There were two main requirements that needed to be met in order for the lockdown to be lifted; there were no unlinked community transmission and high testing numbers.
The Premier reported record testing numbers with 34,711 people being tested in the past 24 hours.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” she said.
Masks will remain compulsory to wear indoors and gatherings are limited to 30 people, including people you live with.
Visits to aged care facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities, and disability accommodation services remain limited.
CFO Dr Young announced only end of life visitors are allowed to visit aged care facilities.
“They can’t have other visitors, which I know is very, very difficult over this Easter period,” Dr Young said.
Despite the good news, Palaszczuk said “we are not out of woods yet,” urging Queenslanders to abide by the rules and continue to get tested.
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