Tasmanian Premier announces three-day lockdown for South

South of Tasmania in snap lockdown from 6pm

The South of the state is going into a snap lockdown from 6pm tonight to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

Premier Peter Gutwein said the COVID-positive man who absconded from hotel quarantine had not been cooperative, which had lead to inconsistencies and non-disclosure of information.

A primary contact of the man had also left home quarantine, had been fined, and is now in hotel quarantine.

"As I have said many times, the safety of Tasmanians is of the utmost importance. It has been our singular goal from day one to keep Tasmanians safe," Mr Gutwein said.

"We can't continue to wait to find out what has been going on...on Public Health advice, as a result of the circumstances we now face, there will be a three day snap lockdown in southern Tasmania.

"This will commence on 6pm tonight, and be in place for three days, and end on 6pm Monday 18, subject to Public Health advice."

The lockdown comes after a 31-year-old man from NSW escaped from hotel quarantine in Hobart on Monday, and was later found by police on Tuesday afternoon.

On Thursday the Bridgewater Woolworths supermarket was listed as an exposure site, with any person in that store between 3.15pm and 4.30pm on October 12 advised to isolate.

Also on Thursday, two students from East Derwent Primary School were sent home from school and tested for the virus, returning negative results.

The Woolworths exposures sight is in addition to the flights, and airport bathrooms that were also listed as exposure sites.


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