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Brisbane COVID case results in states reintroducing border restrictions ahead of Easter long weekend

States and territories around the country have introduced border restrictions for people travelling from Queensland after the state recorded one new local case of COVID.

The case, announced on Friday, was detected in a 26-year-old man and is linked to Princess Alexandra Hospital doctor who was diagnosed on March 12.

It was also confirmed the man, a landscaper, had the coronavirus variant first reported in the UK, which is more contagious.

Authorities have listed 11 exposure sites visited by the 26-year-old including the shopping centre in Carindale and Bunnings, Aldi and Guzman y Gomez outlets in Stafford.

As the investigation into the case continues, states and territories have introduced border restrictions for travellers from the Sunshine State.

Here is a state-by-state breakdown.

New South Wales

NSW Health has urged anyone who has arrived from Queensland recently to be vigilant and follow the health advice from Queensland authorities.

Anyone who has been in the Brisbane or Moreton Bay region since March 20 is asked to check the Queensland Health website for public health instructions.

Those who have been in identified as close contacts of a case are prohibited from entering NSW.

If they are already in the state, they must immediately self isolate for 14 days and get tested.

Anyone who has been identified as a casual contact is asked to immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is returned.

Victoria

Brisbane and Moreton Bay have since been labelled as ‘Orange zones’ under Victoria’s traffic light travel permit system, meaning anyone travelling from those areas must immediately self-isolate for 72 hours upon arrival to Victoria.

They must also get a coronavirus test and stay isolated until a negative result is returned.

The Victorian Department of Health also urges those who have visited exposure sites in Queensland to follow the advice of health authorities there.

South Australia

South Australia has not introduced any border control measures for travellers from Queensland.

However, anyone who has arrived in the state from Brisbane or Moreton Bay is urged to get tested for COVID and immediately self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

SA Health also advises people to get tested on days 5 and 13 of their arrival.

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