Scott Morrison tells Brisbane residents to stay home ahead of tough COVID lockdown

Scott Morrison has challenged Greater Brisbane residents to “stay where you are” after labelling the region’s strict lockdown as “wise” and “sensible”.

The Prime Minister met with state and territory leaders at National Cabinet on Friday to discuss how to deal with a new strain of COVID-19 which has been found in Queensland.

The UK strain, which is more infectious than previous strains, was found in a cleaner in hotel quarantine in Brisbane.

It has prompted a strict three-day lockdown of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redlands from 6pm on Friday.

Morrison said the Queensland government’s response was “proportionate” and “very wise”.

“The situation in Brisbane is a serious situation,” Morrison said on Friday.

Scott Morrison has addressed Queenslanders who are about to undergo a COVID-19 lockdown. File image. Credit: Lukas Coch/AAP

“Yes, we know there is only one case.

“But what we do know is that this new strain is some 70 per cent more transmissible than the previous strains of the virus.

“This strain is likely to become, in the very near future, the dominant strain – as it largely already is in the UK.

“But we anticipate that this will become the more dominant strain of the virus globally.

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