Australia locks down its third-largest city after 7 Covid-19 cases

Sydney, Australia, Mar 29 (efe-epa).- Australian authorities Monday imposed a three-day lockdown on some 2.4 million Brisbane inhabitants after seven locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in the country’s third most populated city.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters in the state capital that health authorities detected four local cases of the highly infectious UK variant of coronavirus while announcing the lockdown.

The measure will begin at 5 pm on Monday before the Easter school holidays.

“I know this will mean some disruption to people’s lives but we have done this before, and we have got through it over those three days in the past, and if everyone does the right thing, I’m sure that we will be able to get through it again,” Palaszczuk said.

She was referring to the lockdown imposed in January after the first infection with the UK strain.

Some Covid-19 infected patients have traveled to different parts of Queensland and the neighboring state of New South Wales, sparking concerns about a possible further outbreak.

Other jurisdictions in the country have boosted preventive measures.

The current outbreak erupted three weeks ago after a doctor treating a Covid-19 patient who had arrived from overseas became infected with the virus in a hospital in the capital of Queensland, which has a total of 73 active cases, most of them among international travelers, according to official data.

No other Australian state has reported new cases of community transmission.

The Oceanic country has recorded 29,260 cases since the pandemic started last year. These include 909 deaths.

It has less than 200 active cases of coronavirus, almost entirely among overseas travelers.

Australia, which implemented rapid border closures and partial lockdowns to contain the virus spread, is one of the countries that has best managed the pandemic.

A breach in Melbourne quarantine centers had sparked a second wave in the country in July last year. EFE-EPA


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