Brisbane goes into hard three-day lockdown

Brisbane goes into hard three-day lockdown

The Australian Airports Association said travelers should arrive at the airport with their own masks.

"I want the things we are doing in Melbourne and Victoria done nationally", Andrews said. "Wearing a mask for the traveler's own safety and the safety of others should become second nature".

Despite Queensland "pushing hard" for a temporary ban on travellers from the United Kingdom, the National Cabinet has agreed to a suite of measures more in line with Victoria's calls to strengthen "end to end" protections in worldwide air travel.

IPSWICH residents are already stocking up on masks following news they are a mandatory part of the newly-imposed lockdowns across Ipswich and greater Brisbane.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on Brisbane's Southbank announced changes to its program, including the cancelation of all Shrek The Musical performances scheduled for this Saturday (9th January) and Sunday (10th January), with refunds offered to ticketholders.

A new national standard will see quarantine workers, including those transporting passengers, move to daily testing rather than every seven days.

Based on the hard lessons learned from Victoria's outbreak and subsequent three-month lockdown, the state overhauled its quarantine system, making it stricter than that of other jurisdictions.

"A negative test is not foolproof, but a positive test - they're not coming", Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly told reporters in the capital, Canberra.

Anyone who tests positive to the virus after returning from overseas will undergo genome sequencing within 48 hours. "Everyone's ringing about them".

"If you are already in NSW and you have travelled to NSW from those locations since 12:01am on January 2, we expect you to stay isolated", Mr Barilaro said.

'We are just working that through at the moment, and we will be contact tracing those people on the flight where she sat'.

Australia joins Canada and New Zealand in introducing pre-flight COVID testing.

"We encourage everyone to continue shopping as they usually would and only buy what they need".

"We know that this United Kingdom strain is highly infectious".

Unsurprisingly, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard also advised that "if you don't have to come [to NSW] from Brisbane, don't come in the next few days".

Shoppers also have swarmed pharmacies and other outlets where the masks have been sold in bulk in recent months.

The increasing restrictions rebuff an airline lobbying effort to get quarantine restrictions replaced by a global testing regime.

The International Air Transport Association on Thursday blamed tougher COVID rules for bringing the recovery in passenger demand to a halt in November.

Worldwide passenger demand was 88.3 percent below November 2019, slightly worse than an 87.6 percent decline in October.

She said shoppers had come on foot, too. "This is clearly inefficient".

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