- Queensland’s new COVID-19 cluster, which started with a doctor testing positive a few weeks ago, has continued to grow over the weekend.
- There are 4 new locally acquired of the UK strain of COVID-19, 2 linked to known cases, 2 from unknown sources. This brings the number of active cases in the state to 71.
- Today the Queensland Government announced that the greater Brisbane area will be going into 3 day lockdown from 5pm today. This includes Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands areas.
- They also announced that the greater Brisbane area is now considered a COVID-19 “hotspot”.
- They have asked other states to declare Brisbane a hotspot as well to make sure anyone who passed through these areas from 20th March onwards is instructed to get tested even after leaving the state.
- For a list of venues of concern with specific dates and times see the link to the Queensland Government website (link below).
- As of today, the Australian Government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme is over.
- The Australian Treasury thinks up to 150,000 workers will become unemployed now that businesses don’t have the funding to support their wages.
- There are also concerns that many businesses that have been able to stay afloat thanks to JobKeeper may now be forced to shut down.
- We will know more about the impacts of the ending of this subsidy in the coming weeks.
- Today Scott Morrison announced a “Cabinet Reshuffle” for his government.
- Among other changes, Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds have both taken a step down from their senior ministerial positions.
- Porter, currently Attorney General and Minister for Industry Relations will move to the Industry Minister role, to be replaced by Michaelia Cash.
- Reynolds, currently Minister for refence, will move into the role of Minister for Government services and NDIS. She will be replaced by Peter Dutton.
- Additionally, Melissa Price will remain Minister for the Defence Industry, but will be moved to the front bench (cabinet).
- Victoria has no new community transmission cases of COVID-19.
- On Saturday the Victorian Government announced Brisbane and Moreton Bay are now considered “Orange Zones”.
- That means if you have been in those areas, even if just passing through to get to an airport, you must apply for an orange permit to entre Victoria.
- When you arrive you must self-isolate, be tested for COVID within 72 hours of your arrival and isolate until you get a negative result.
- The Thursday Collingwood Brisbane AFL match this week will be moved from Brisbane to Melbourne, and will be held at Marvel Stadium in the Docklands.
- Tasmania has declared the south-east Queensland local government areas of Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and the Redlands as high-risk.
- Anyone arriving in the state from those regions will have to do up to 14 days' hotel quarantine if they wish to stay in Tasmania.
- If you have been in Brisbane or Moreton Bay since Monday, March 8th you are being asked to monitor for COVID symptoms.
- If you visited any of the venues of concern at the relevant times, you won't be allowed into Tasmania at all unless you're an "essential traveller".
- Yesterday in Indonesian city of Makassar, 2 suicide bombers detonated a bomb outside a Catholic Church.
- At least 20 people were wounded, some taken to hospital with serious injuries.
- The church was holding a service for Palm Sunday, the beginning of Easter celebrations, when two people approached the building.
- When confronted by security outside the church the bomb was detonated.
- Most of the congregation was still inside when the bomb went off.
- No group has taken responsibility for this attack yet.