Australia’s Queensland imposes three-day COVID-19 lockdown in state capital

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Queensland state on Monday announced a three-day COVID-19 lockdown in its capital city of Brisbane after reporting four new locally acquired cases of the highly contagious UK variant of the coronavirus.

Masks will be mandatory, household gatherings limited to 30 people and residents must stay home, except for essential work, healthcare, grocery shopping or exercise, authorities said.

Lockdown will begin at 5 pm local time on Monday.