Australian officials lift Brisbane lockdown as Covid-19 cases dwindle

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk delivered an update Wednesday morning. Source Getty

It has reported about 22,000 local cases, including 909 deaths, since the start of the pandemic, far fewer than most other developed nations.

Despite the lifting of lockdown, the Queensland premeir said some restrictions will remain in the state, such as the carrying of a mask by Queenslanders leaving their homes until 15 April.

Dr Young praised the "astronomical amount" of testing being done, with more than 35,000 tests carried out in the past 24 hours.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, keen to prevent another outbreak, is concerned about the number of positive cases coming into her state and wants global arrivals halved.

There are now 82 active coronavirus cases being treated in hospitals across Queensland.

Gatherings at homes will stay capped at 30 people, and patrons at hospitality venues will be required to remain seated.

'The two preconditions [to lift lockdown] is there needed to be no unlinked community transmission and the second was high testing rates.

Easter church services are permitted so long as they can abide by the two square metre rule.

Chief medical officer Jeannette Young said a nurse caught the virus from a colleague, who got it from an Australian returning from Europe who was hospitalised.

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"The lockdown has been lifted. but we're not out of the woods yet so I'm asking Queenslanders for the next two weeks if we all do the right thing, we can get through this together", Palaszczuk said at a televised briefing.

The missing link is a nurse who worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

"Maybe until the vaccination program is ramped up by the federal government, the number of returned travellers needs to decrease Australia-wide", she said on Friday.

"When you don't know the links, when you know there's still something out there", she said.

"People are so prepared to share their very close contact details with us, and where they've been, and that must be so hard for individuals".

A list of venues visited by the nurse while she was infectious from March 10 to March 23 will be released later on Friday.

"If you are outdoors and can't socially distance, put a mask on, it's as simple as that", the Premier said.

The Queensland outbreak has jumped the border, with a case in neighbouring New South Wales (NSW) prompting the cancellation of the popular Bluesfest music festival in the coastal tourist town of Byron Bay and the reintroduction of mobility curbs in four council areas in the north of the state.

Casual contacts will need to get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result and monitor for symptoms.

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