Australia’s third-largest city headed into lockdown and borders were set to tighten nationwide Friday after a cleaner at a quarantined hotel contracted the UK coronavirus strain that appears to be more infectious.
More than two million residents in the Greater Brisbane area will have to stay at home for at least three days from Friday evening, authorities said.
“If we are going to stop the spread of this infectious strain, this UK strain, we must act immediately,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the media.
Large queues formed at shops around the city, prompting officials to urge people to stop panic-buying.
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