Australia has recorded its first case of the contagious UK strain of coronavirus outside of quarantine of returned travelers from overseas

A cleaning staff at a quarantine hotel in Brisbane was diagnosed with the British variant, which closed old people’s homes in the greater Brisbane area

Visitors are not allowed to visit facilities in the Metro North, Metro South and West Morton Heath regions

“The Chief Health Officer has ordered these immediate steps to protect vulnerable members of the community,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tweeted Thursday evening

The state is on high alert if the cleaner tested positive on Thursday

The mutant strain that plagues Britain is believed to be up to 70 percent more contagious than the original

This is leading to a sharp rise in cases in England and prompting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order a national lockdown until at least mid-February

The UK reported more than 60 for the second straight year in 24 hours on Wednesday000 new confirmed cases

“Queensland has done a great job in our community for 113 days to contain this virus. Unfortunately, we have a locally acquired case today,” Health Secretary Yvette D’Ath said Thursday morning

The positive case, a woman in her twenties, was from age 2 January contagious before testing positive for symptoms on Wednesday

Contact tracers follow the movements of the cleaner January worked at the Hotel Grand Chancellor

“We need to make sure there is no community distribution. Please retest if you are sick”

The woman from Algester used the public rail network to and from downtown Brisbane and to the south

The woman drove on 2 January at 7 a.m. on a train from Altandi Station to Roma Street Station and returned to duty at 4 p.m. the same day

She visited Woolworths on Sunday the 3rd January, 11am to 12pm in the Calamvale Central Shopping Center

She was also at Coles in Sunnybank Hills for 30 minutes from 7 on Tuesday, May 5 January, 30 p.m.

She was also a newsagent in the Sunnybank Hills shopping town from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. that same day at 3 p.m.

“It’s important that people, if they have any symptoms at all, come forward and get tested,” said Jeannette Young, chief health officer

Residents of Algester, Sunnybank Hills, and Calamvale who have symptoms of the infection are particularly encouraged to get tested as soon as possible

The Sunshine State now has 20 active COVID-19 cases and the new positive case is from Jan.000 tests in the last 24 hours

Ms. Palaszczuk has also announced that travelers from the greater Sydney area will not be allowed to enter Queensland until the end of January

“I know this is very disappointing to people at this time, but we are still concerned about the greater Sydney area. We also have a brief overview of Victoria,” she said

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Source: https://thewest.com.au/news/health/qld-on-high-alert-after-positive-test-ng-s-2044468