Australia lifts Brisbane lockdown as Covid cases dwindle

Queensland is usually a popular destination for domestic travellers over the Easter break

Queensland is usually a popular destination for domestic travellers over the Easter break

The news was expected to provide relief for the beleaguered tourism sector in Queensland - known as Australia's "Sunshine State" for its inviting weather - with the popular destination now fully open to visitors just ahead of Easter holidays beginning Friday.

"So this is yet another nurse who has unfortunately, through doing nothing wrong, has contracted the infection, from a gentleman who is clearly a superspreader", Queensland CHO Dr Jeannette Young, said.

"And then she's transmitted it to her partner", she said.

On Wednesday, it emerged a vaccinated nurse working at the hospital had tested positive to Covid-19 after likely catching the virus from a returned traveller.

"The nurse, again through absolutely no fault of her own, has then gone home and transmitted it to her partner".

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

"They have been so good in coming forward in sharing that information".

Anyone at the pub at the same time is considered a close contact and must self-isolate for 14 days and get tested immediately.

She is considered to have been infectious from March 10 to March 23.

'Following executive meetings today with Public Health we have just been instructed that staff who entered ward 5D between 8pm Tuesday 23rd March and 12pm Friday 26th March will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time they were in ward 5D, ' the email obtained by The Courier-Mail said.

At least 36 people feared dead after train derails in E Taiwan
Taiwanese local media reported that the train apparently collided with a construction vehicle, leading to the derailment. During the festival, people return to ancestral villages to tidy up the tombs of their relatives and make offerings.

Seven new COVID-19 cases have been detected in Queensland in recent days.

"The first cluster, I didn't recommend to the Premier that we needed to lock down", Dr Young said.

The state processed a record 34,711 Covid-19 tests in the past 24 hours.

The following locations have been listed by Queensland Health as casual contacts.

"If there's anyone in their friendship group or their house that are sick, they should go and get tested".

The two new cases were a nurse at the Princess Alexandra Hospital who had already received her first vaccination, and the other was a housemate.

They were located in New Farm by officers in the afternoon and brought back to the hospital.

Dr Young praised health workers for their commitment, adding that more than 17,000 health workers had died across the globe from COVID-19.

"Remember, she's not a case, she's a contact of a case and she was tested on the 30th of March and she was negative then", she said.

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