Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Australia lifts Brisbane lockdown as COVID cases dwindle

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Australian authorities will end a lockdown of the country’s third-biggest city after reporting just one new coronavirus case in Queensland state, easing fears of a widespread outbreak.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk said the three-day lockdown in Brisbane would end at noon but residents would still be required to wear masks in public and some social-distancing restrictions would remain in place.

Officials had imposed the snap lockdown, covering more than two million people on the eve of the Easter long weekend as they grappled to contain two fresh COVID-19 clusters that now total 18 cases.

The three-day lockdown ordered on Monday saw schools, restaurants and bars forced to close.

It was the latest in a series of snap lockdowns in Australian cities this year, which authorities say have quickly brought virus outbreaks under control and avoided more onerous measures.