June 30, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

A large part of South East Queensland, including the local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton, Redlands, Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley, went into lockdown from 6pm yesterday while Townsville and the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire became the first parts of regional Queensland to go into lockdown in over a year, after a Brisbane woman tested positive to the Delta strain of COVID-19.

The woman, who worked in a casual clerical role outside a COVID-19 ward at a hospital in Brisbane had not been vaccinated and authorities believe she had been infectious in the community since Saturday June 19, during which time she also travelled to Townsville and Magnetic Island in northern Queensland with her family, sparking the regional lockdown.

Until 6pm Friday, those in locked down areas of Queensland can only leave home for essential goods and services, for medical care, for essential work and childcare, to help the vulnerable or for exercise. Two visitors to homes are permitted.

Darwin, Greater Sydney and the Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia are already in lockdown, to contain outbreaks in Sydney and a Central Australian gold mine.

In announcing the lockdown yesterday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was “furious” the woman had not been vaccinated. The Queensland state government also said international arrivals should be further capped and expressed disappointment that people continued to be allowed to travel internationally despite Australia’s border being closed.