Australia’s Queensland state warns of potential Covid-19 lockdown

A lockdown for Queensland could be one other blow to Australia’s $1.5 trillion economic system


Australia’s third most populous state mentioned on Saturday it could order a snap lockdown after a cluster of Covid-19 instances, because the nation posted a document one-day rise in each day infections.

Queensland state, dwelling to greater than 5 million folks, mentioned it had detected 5 new infections up to now 24 hours after a household examined constructive. The following few days could be crucial to see if a lockdown was warranted, authorities mentioned.

“If we begin seeing any seeding, then we might must take very fast, quick motion. However in the meanwhile, it’s contained to the household,” mentioned state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

The household lives in Brisbane, the state’s capital. It was not clear whether or not a lockdown could be restricted to some components of the state like earlier orders.

New South Wales, dwelling to Sydney and Australia’s most-populous state, is below lockdown as are the cities of Melbourne and Canberra. A lockdown for Queensland could be one other blow to Australia’s A$2 trillion ($1.5 trillion) economic system, which may slip right into a second recession in as a few years.

Australia on Saturday posted 2,077 infections, surpassing the day prior to this’s document of 1,903. New South Wales, which has been below strict stay-at-home orders for practically three months, mentioned it detected 1,599 new infections.

Authorities warned folks on Saturday to proceed social distancing, however scorching climate throughout Sydney noticed scores of individuals head to the seashore.

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New South Wales Well being Minister Brad Hazzard mentioned police could be out checking whether or not folks have been inside 5 km (3 miles) of their properties, as permitted below emergency guidelines.

Police and army personnel have for weeks been patrolling the streets of Sydney, issuing fines to these contravening well being orders, corresponding to sporting masks.

One individual fined was former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who confirmed on Saturday he had been ordered to pay A$500 after being pictured not sporting a masks.

“I consider that I used to be properly throughout the legislation, fairly interpreted. However I am not going to problem the superb as a result of I do not wish to waste the police’s time any additional,” Abbott informed reporters in Sydney.

“I by no means thought that dobbing and snitching was a part of the Australian character and I believe that the earlier we will depart this well being police-state mindset behind us, the higher for everybody.”

In neighbouring Victoria, authorities reported 450 new domestically acquired instances, the most important one-day rise in domestically acquired instances in additional than a yr.

Australia has now recorded practically 73,000 Covid-19 instances and a loss of life toll of 1,084.

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