Australia: Following a new Covid-19 outbreak after its borders were reopened, Queensland's Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Friday that restrictions will be reimposed beginning on Saturday.
According to sources, Queensland health authorities recorded 20 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, including four imported cases, seven interstate infections, and nine cases contracted in the community. Australia's borders reopened to international travellers on Wednesday, and Queensland reopened to interstate travellers from New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, which are the epicentres of the country's current Covid outbreaks.
On response to the rising number of cases, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that masks will be mandated in all public transportation, ride-sharing, airports and flights, stores and retail centres, hospitals, and elderly care facilities starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Unvaccinated people will also be unable to visit vulnerable locations beginning Friday, such as hospitals, residential aged care, and any indoor or outdoor festivals and entertainment activities.
"A lot of people are coming into our state to see family and loved ones," Palaszczuk added, "but we only need safety so we can enjoy our liberties." "We're seeing more cases, and we don't want to see a huge spike around Christmas and New Year," she continued.