Brisbane residents will be locked down from 5 pm today after four new cases of locally transmitted coronavirus were identified.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was “very worried” and had not slept as she confirmed the cases were the highly-infectious UK strain.
The lockdown of Greater Brisbane includes the areas of Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands.
Schools in those areas will close from tomorrow to all but the children of essential workers and masks will be made mandatory for everyone in the state.
Health Minister Dr Jeanette Young described the spread as “significant”.
There are now seven cases in total in the outbreak, which started three weeks ago after a doctor treating a COVID-19 patient was infected.
One of the cases is a brother of another person with the virus.
Two colleagues of the second new case have been infected. They were in Gladstone while infectious but are now in self-quarantine.
Late last night another case was diagnosed in a nurse working in a coronavirus ward.