Australian city of Brisbane in lockdown after Covid-19 variant case

Queensland has confirmed two new Covid cases on Thursday. Source AAP

Queensland has confirmed two new Covid cases on Thursday. Source AAP

Image: US Food and Drug Administration.

Caps on worldwide arrivals in New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland would be reduced by 50 per cent until February 15 this year and overseas travellers must now return a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure to Australia, with some exemptions for "extenuating circumstances". Australia is also stepping up border control.

In NSW, Western Australia and Queensland arrivals will reduce by 50 per cent but in Victoria and SA there will be no change.

Morrison said all workers at quarantine hotels would have daily COVID-19 tests.

READ: IATA warns COVID rules are killing recovery.

"If they do not have a suitable premises they will be placed into a Government quarantine hotel".

The Brisbane Test, scheduled between January 15 and 19, will mark the end of India's long tour of Australia, which started with the white-ball segment last November.

"Passengers should wear masks while in global airports overseas". They are also mandatory on Regional Express flights.

Virgin Australia warned that customers who failed to comply with the mask requirement would not be allowed to travel.

South Africa secures Covid-19 vaccines
"We are working hard in South Africa and on the continent to protect our people against COVID-19 ", the presidency said. The United Kingdom recorded its highest daily death toll on Friday since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Children under the age of 12 and those with a medical exemption will be permitted to not wear a face mask on a domestic or worldwide flight.

The Australian Airports Association said travelers should arrive at the airport with their own masks.

Additionally, the state has introduced a mask mandate for the Greater Brisbane area, so basically, if you need to leave the house for one of the four essential reasons listed above, you *must* wear a mask. "Wearing a mask for the traveler's own safety and the safety of others should become second nature".

The National Cabinet has implemented new measures to help prevent the United Kingdom strain of COVID-19 from spreading in Australia.

Major supermarkets have imposed storewide purchasing limits as panic buying grips southeast Queensland in the countdown to Covid lockdown.

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland.

Other states, however, have enforced far more stringent restrictions.

The new rules have sparked fears that the testing may make it more hard for some 40,000 Australians stranded overseas to get home.

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said the testing regime was another ring of containment but was not foolproof.

Vaccine 101: How Tippecanoe County seniors can get their COVID-19 shot
Mike DeWine on Thursday admitted the scarcity of the vaccine will likely continue to challenge the state's distribution goals. There are now 205 people hospitalized for treatment of the virus, and the cumulative number of hospitalizations is 3,814.

Professor Kelly acknowledged the tests were not foolproof but said they were another layer in existing "rings of containment". "This is something we can't allow to get ahead of us", he said.

'We are just working that through at the moment, and we will be contact tracing those people on the flight where she sat'.

"They're flying home now, because otherwise they've got to self-isolate", Alister said.

New Zealand announced recently that all travelers to New Zealand from the USA and United Kingdom will need a negative pre-departure COVID test from January 15. We can't thank you enough for your patience and compliance and high rates of testing occurring through the Northern Beaches during this time.

The tally came from more than 25,000 tests. They are now slated to begin in February.

Previously, they could be discharged from quarantine from the 10-day mark with three asymptomatic days.

The increasing restrictions rebuff an airline lobbying effort to get quarantine restrictions replaced by a global testing regime.

National death toll from COVID-19 stands at 909.

Global passenger demand was 88.3 percent below November 2019, slightly worse than an 87.6 percent decline in October.

D.C. cops to Trump supporters: Don't bring guns to town
Mayor Muriel Bowser made the request Thursday in a letter addressed to Maj. "Our Constitution will endure". The National Parks Service's Mike Litterst tells us about NPS' preparations for the protests.

Latest News