The Australian state of Queensland decided this Saturday to restrict its capital Brisbane and other parts of its territory to curb the increase in the Delta variant.
The state’s Vice Prime Minister Steven Miles has reported that the lockdown will go into effect this Saturday from 4:00 p.m. local time and will affect eleven government areas for three days, including Brisbane, the country’s third largest city. .
The decision on this new blockade, which will be the “strictest” in the state, will be made after health officials identify six new cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, Australian media News reports.
The new restrictions mean that residents can only leave their homes for four reasons: to buy basic products, to work, to get medical care or to exercise within a maximum of ten kilometers from the house. In addition, companies that are deemed “not material”, such as hotels or entertainment venues, will have to close.
Specifically, the areas of Queensland that remain restricted are Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Somerset, Noosa, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim.
“Please go home immediately,” said the Vice Prime Minister in his announcement of the new measures and called for the risk of contagion to be avoided.
The city of Brisbane is joining the lockdown in Sydney, the capital of the state of New South Wales, the epicenter of the Australian outbreak, which has been announced for nine weeks.
Indeed, hundreds of police officers in Sydney are ready to respond to demonstrations against detention following protests over the past weekend, during which more than 80 people were arrested.
Meanwhile, the Australian government has indicated that the country will begin reopening and avoiding sudden closings once 70 percent of the total adult population is fully vaccinated, DPA reports.
So far, 14 percent of the population in Australia has received the full guideline, which accumulates nearly 34,000 cases and more than 900 deaths from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.