Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called a snap three-day lockdown for Greater Brisbane after four locally acquired cases of the UK variant of Covid were detected.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young described it as a “significant community transmission”.
“This is happening very, very quickly, it’s evolving,” she said.
Palaszczuk said the decision to lockdown “will enable our health authorities to get on top of the contact tracing”.
“I know this will mean some disruption to people’s lives,” she said. “But we’ve done this before.
“Let’s do it now and let’s do it right.”
The lockdown comes despite Young saying less than fortnight ago that the state’s contact tracing system was working so well that lockdowns were no longer needed.
“Absolutely, there’s no need to go into lockdown when we’ve got responses like this,” Young said on March 19.