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Charlotte Crosby passionately kisses Joshua Ritchie

By Katie Storey and Laura Fox For Mailonline

Published: 11:43 EST, 16 December 2017 | Updated: 16:4..

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Published: 11:43 EST, 16 December 2017 | Updated: 16:48 EST, 16 December 2017

She has been embracing her newly-single status following her drawn-out split from ex-boyfriend Stephen Bear.

And proving she is well and truly moving on from her reality star beau, Charlotte Crosby was seen passionately kissing her fellow MTV star Joshua Ritchie, as she celebrated her former Geordie Shore co-star Aaron Chalmers MMA win.

Stepping out on Friday night for the fight in Newcastle, the reality beauty ended her evening by locking lips with Josh in an overt display – not caring who could see her as they smooched in front of fellow bar-goers.

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PDA: Charlotte Crosby was seen passionately kissing her fellow MTV star Joshua Ritchie, as she celebrated her former Geordie Shore co-star Aaron Chalmers MMA win on Friday

PDA: Charlotte Crosby was seen passionately kissing her fellow MTV star Joshua Ritchie, as she celebrated her former Geordie Shore co-star Aaron Chalmers MMA win on Friday

Wrapping her arms around his neck, Charlotte seemed to throw herself into the steamy clinch and couldn't keep her hands off of the Love Island star.

Josh, meanwhile, seemed more than happy to be on the receiving end of her affections, as Charlotte spoke into his ear and held on tightly to his neck. Kissing for everyone to see, the duo only had eyes for each other on the night.

They appeared to hit it off while taking to their seats in the Metro Radio Arena to cheer on Aaron, as he embarked on his third MMA fight since turning his attentions to the sport.

Passionate: Stepping out on Friday night for the fight in Newcastle, the reality beauty ended her evening by locking lips with Josh in an overt displayPassionate: Stepping out on Friday night for the fight in Newcastle, the reality beauty ended her evening by locking lips with Josh in an overt displayTonsil tennis: They couldn't have cared who was watching as they smooched in front of fellow bar-goersTonsil tennis: They couldn't have cared who was watching as they smooched in front of fellow bar-goers

Passionate: Stepping out on Friday night for the fight in Newcastle, the reality beauty ended her evening by locking lips with Josh in an overt display

Keen: Wrapping her arms around his neck, Charlotte seemed to throw herself into the steamy clinch and couldn't keep her hands off of the Love Island starKeen: Wrapping her arms around his neck, Charlotte seemed to throw herself into the steamy clinch and couldn't keep her hands off of the Love Island star

Keen: Wrapping her arms around his neck, Charlotte seemed to throw herself into the steamy clinch and couldn't keep her hands off of the Love Island star

Close: Josh, meanwhile, seemed more than happy to be on the receiving end of her affections, as Charlotte spoke into his ear and held on tightly to his neckClose: Josh, meanwhile, seemed more than happy to be on the receiving end of her affections, as Charlotte spoke into his ear and held on tightly to his neck

Close: Josh, meanwhile, seemed more than happy to be on the receiving end of her affections, as Charlotte spoke into his ear and held on tightly to his neck

Josh had starred alongside Aaron on the sixth series of Ex On The Beach, where viewers saw him vying for the affections of his former flame and TOWIE star Nicole Bass – who had also been in attendance on Friday night.

The pictures will no doubt make for awkward viewing for Charlotte's ex-boyfriend Stephen Bear, as the reality stars will no doubt have crossed paths, thanks to being on the same showbiz circuit.

Charlotte was seen sitting on Josh's lap inside the arena, before being followed out by her latest love interest as he placed his hands on her shoulders as they exited the venue together.

The former Geordie Shore star had confirmed her status as a 'strong and single' woman last month, following her break-up.

Engrossed in each other: Kissing for everyone to see, the duo only had eyes for each other on the nightEngrossed in each other: Kissing for everyone to see, the duo only had eyes for each other on the nightEngrossed in each other: Kissing for everyone to see, the duo only had eyes for each other on the nightEngrossed in each other: Kissing for everyone to see, the duo only had eyes for each other on the night

Engrossed in each other: Kissing for everyone to see, the duo only had eyes for each other on the night

Rise to fame: Josh had starred alongside Aaron on the sixth series of Ex On The Beach, where viewers saw him vying for the affections of his former flame and TOWIE star Nicole Bass - who had also been in attendance on Friday nightRise to fame: Josh had starred alongside Aaron on the sixth series of Ex On The Beach, where viewers saw him vying for the affections of his former flame and TOWIE star Nicole Bass - who had also been in attendance on Friday night

Rise to fame: Josh had starred alongside Aaron on the sixth series of Ex On The Beach, where viewers saw him vying for the affections of his former flame and TOWIE star Nicole Bass – who had also been in attendance on Friday night

She and Bear had been plagued by splits in the last few weeks of their 11-month romance, with the duo seeming to split and reunite on several occasions.

However, according to The Sun, Bear insisted their relationship is over for good, as he claimed he is 'free and single' and wants his next girlfriend to be someone who is not in the public eye.

He said: 'We're just friends, I'm single, she's single, we're just mates and I think that's the best way for now.

Look away, Bear! The pictures will no doubt make for awkward viewing for Charlotte's ex-boyfriend Stephen Bear, as the reality stars will no doubt have crossed paths, thanks to being on the same showbiz circuitLook away, Bear! The pictures will no doubt make for awkward viewing for Charlotte's ex-boyfriend Stephen Bear, as the reality stars will no doubt have crossed paths, thanks to being on the same showbiz circuit

Look away, Bear! The pictures will no doubt make for awkward viewing for Charlotte's ex-boyfriend Stephen Bear, as the reality stars will no doubt have crossed paths, thanks to being on the same showbiz circuit

Get a room: The duo made sure to steal a smooch at any opportune momentGet a room: The duo made sure to steal a smooch at any opportune momentHolding him tight: Charlotte made sure to pull Josh in closeHolding him tight: Charlotte made sure to pull Josh in close

Get a room: The duo made sure to steal a smooch at any opportune moment

Using her charm: Charlotte had no qualms about packing on the PDA with her new beauUsing her charm: Charlotte had no qualms about packing on the PDA with her new beau

Using her charm: Charlotte had no qualms about packing on the PDA with her new beau

Getting stuck in: The pair certainly didn't hold back as they puckered up to one anotherGetting stuck in: The pair certainly didn't hold back as they puckered up to one another

Getting stuck in: The pair certainly didn't hold back as they puckered up to one another

'I'm just not ready to date at the moment, to sit next to anyone and start talking to them, or start ringing people up and asking to do something.

'The next girlfriend I have, I'd like to be someone that no one knows.'

The couple hit a crisis after the former scaffold worker was pictured heading home from a Halloween party with a mystery brunette in tow, amid claims of a reconciliation with Charlotte.

Charlotte's roller-coaster romance with Stephen seemingly came to a screeching halt in October and had appeared to be acrimonious at first, with the couple being plagued by 'cheating' claims and Charlotte feuding with Bear's family on Twitter.

Lip lock: They appeared to spend most of evening glued to one another's lipsLip lock: They appeared to spend most of evening glued to one another's lipsTouching: Josh and Charlotte enjoyed an intimate hugTouching: Josh and Charlotte enjoyed an intimate hug

Lip lock: They appeared to spend most of evening glued to one another's lips

Taking a pew: Charlotte was seen sitting on  the lap of the dark-haired hunkTaking a pew: Charlotte was seen sitting on  the lap of the dark-haired hunk

Taking a pew: Charlotte was seen sitting on the lap of the dark-haired hunk

Getting close: Josh and Charlotte were seen engrossed in conversation in the arenaGetting close: Josh and Charlotte were seen engrossed in conversation in the arena

Getting close: Josh and Charlotte were seen engrossed in conversation in the arena

They were then seen 'kissing' and reportedly 'spent the night' together following the MTV EMAs held in November, but their reunion allegedly got off to a bumpy start with the duo becoming embroiled in 'screaming matches' before getting close again.

An onlooker told The Sun: 'Charlotte and Bear were all over the place. One second they were kissing, cuddling and laughing, and the next they were having screaming matches.'

Romance first blossomed for the pair early last year while presenting their joint MTV series Just Tattoo Of Us.

Inseparable: She was followed out by her latest love interest as he placed his hands on her shoulders as they exited the venue togetherInseparable: She was followed out by her latest love interest as he placed his hands on her shoulders as they exited the venue together

Inseparable: She was followed out by her latest love interest as he placed his hands on her shoulders as they exited the venue together

Having a ball: The pair appeared to be in high spirits as they left togetherHaving a ball: The pair appeared to be in high spirits as they left together

Having a ball: The pair appeared to be in high spirits as they left together

Following weeks of speculation about their relationship, Charlotte and Bear confirmed they were an item in a joint interview with OK! magazine, with Charlotte claiming she had found 'The One' in her former co-star Vicky Pattison's ex-boyfriend.

Since their split, it has been confirmed that Bear has left Just Tattoo Of Us and will no longer present the show alongside Charlotte, with Scotty T stepping in to replace the star for its third series.

Charlotte's major PDA with Josh, meanwhile, came as she joined a slew of reality star's at Aaron's fight in her adopted hometown.

She rocked a very revealing mint green dress that flaunted her incredibly gym-honed physique, thanks to its skin-tight design.

Legs for days: She put on a very leggy display in a green minidress as she went to support co-star AaronLegs for days: She put on a very leggy display in a green minidress as she went to support co-star Aaron

Legs for days: She put on a very leggy display in a green minidress as she went to support co-star Aaron

Flawless: Charlotte flaunted her incredible curves in the revealing dress, which the star teamed with ankle boots and a nude clutch bagFlawless: Charlotte flaunted her incredible curves in the revealing dress, which the star teamed with ankle boots and a nude clutch bagFlawless: Charlotte flaunted her incredible curves in the revealing dress, which the star teamed with ankle boots and a nude clutch bagFlawless: Charlotte flaunted her incredible curves in the revealing dress, which the star teamed with ankle boots and a nude clutch bag

Flawless: Charlotte flaunted her incredible curves in the revealing dress, which the star teamed with ankle boots and a nude clutch bag

Incredible: The star kept her chestnut brown locks in stylish waves, with simple but dramatic makeup keeping her pout on full displayIncredible: The star kept her chestnut brown locks in stylish waves, with simple but dramatic makeup keeping her pout on full display

Incredible: The star kept her chestnut brown locks in stylish waves, with simple but dramatic makeup keeping her pout on full display

She added height to her ensemble with a pair of pastel-hued sock boots, leaving her bronzed pins firmly on display. Charlotte accessorised her look with a simple nude clutch and kept her amazing pout on full display.

The starlet kept her makeup simple yet dramatic, rocking statement brows with a dramatic smoky eye and highlighted swept cheeks.

She wore her long glossy tresses down in tousled waves that fell past her shoulders while parted in the middle and appeared in high spirits as she turned out to support her pal Aaron.

Charlotte had starred alongside Aaron on Geordie Shore, before quitting the show before the summer of 2016, following her bitter break-up from on/off beau and Aaron's BFF Gary Beadle.

Nearly there! Charlotte also chatted on the phone as she headed into Newcastle's Metro Radio ArenaNearly there! Charlotte also chatted on the phone as she headed into Newcastle's Metro Radio ArenaPerky: The very short dress also kept Charlotte's pert posterior on full display as she headed in to support Aaron in his third MMA fightPerky: The very short dress also kept Charlotte's pert posterior on full display as she headed in to support Aaron in his third MMA fight

Nearly there! Charlotte also chatted on the phone as she headed into Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena

Excited? Charlotte appeared more than excited to see Aaron in action as she arrived at the venue, single and ready to mingle after splitting from Stephen BearExcited? Charlotte appeared more than excited to see Aaron in action as she arrived at the venue, single and ready to mingle after splitting from Stephen Bear

Excited? Charlotte appeared more than excited to see Aaron in action as she arrived at the venue, single and ready to mingle after splitting from Stephen Bear

Charlotte was joined by her close pals Chloe Ferry and Sophie Kasaei, with both reality stars putting on a daring display.

Chloe, who is dating former Love Island star Sam Gowland following his addition to the Geordie Shore cast, showed off her incredible frame in a dress that left little to the imagination.

She appeared to ditch her undewear, teasing a look at her nude physique through the intricately cut mesh design, that boasted a thigh-skimming hemline.

Newly single Sophie Kasei, who recently split from her boyfriend of five years Joel Corry, made sure to show her ex-beau exactly what he is missing as she slipped into a PVC red mini dress that sheathed her svelte figure.

Revealing: Chloe Ferry left little to the imagination in a cutout black minidress and see-through perspex heelsRevealing: Chloe Ferry left little to the imagination in a cutout black minidress and see-through perspex heelsRevealing: Chloe Ferry left little to the imagination in a cutout black minidress and see-through perspex heelsRevealing: Chloe Ferry left little to the imagination in a cutout black minidress and see-through perspex heels

Revealing: Chloe Ferry left little to the imagination in a cutout black minidress and see-through perspex heels

Bronzed beauty: Sophie Kasaei rocked a red leather minidress and matching fur jacket as she showed off her amazing tan at the fightBronzed beauty: Sophie Kasaei rocked a red leather minidress and matching fur jacket as she showed off her amazing tan at the fight

Bronzed beauty: Sophie Kasaei rocked a red leather minidress and matching fur jacket as she showed off her amazing tan at the fight

Mums night out: Michelle Heaton also put on a chic display in black leather trousers and a halterneck topMums night out: Michelle Heaton also put on a chic display in black leather trousers and a halterneck top

Mums night out: Michelle Heaton also put on a chic display in black leather trousers and a halterneck top

Showstopping: The mother-of-two teamed her look with strappy studded heels as she headed into the arenaShowstopping: The mother-of-two teamed her look with strappy studded heels as she headed into the arenaShowstopping: The mother-of-two teamed her look with strappy studded heels as she headed into the arenaShowstopping: The mother-of-two teamed her look with strappy studded heels as she headed into the arena

Showstopping: The mother-of-two teamed her look with strappy studded heels as she headed into the arena

Sophie paired her daring bandeau frock with a pair of black barely-there sandals and a faux fur scarlet red coat.

Also putting on a stylish display was former Liberty X star Michelle Heaton, who oozed glamour in an all-black ensemble.

The mother-of-two rocked skintight black leather leggings along with a matching halterneck top with cutout detailing, as she flaunted her beautifully bronzed complexion.

Stephanie Snowdon had her ample cleavage on full display for the evening, rocking an animal print crop-top and net cutout leather trousers to support her co-star in his third MMA fight.

Eye-catching: Stephanie Snowdon commanded attention as she rocked an eye-popping ensemble, including an animal print crop top and leather lace-up trousersEye-catching: Stephanie Snowdon commanded attention as she rocked an eye-popping ensemble, including an animal print crop top and leather lace-up trousersEye-catching: Stephanie Snowdon commanded attention as she rocked an eye-popping ensemble, including an animal print crop top and leather lace-up trousersEye-catching: Stephanie Snowdon commanded attention as she rocked an eye-popping ensemble, including an animal print crop top and leather lace-up trousers

Eye-catching: Stephanie Snowdon commanded attention as she rocked an eye-popping ensemble, including an animal print crop top and leather lace-up trousers

Exciting: Teaming her look with a black flat cap, the star was definitely one not to be missed as she headed into the standsExciting: Teaming her look with a black flat cap, the star was definitely one not to be missed as she headed into the stands

Exciting: Teaming her look with a black flat cap, the star was definitely one not to be missed as she headed into the stands

Angelic: Abbie Holborn was a vision in white as she showed off her incredible legs on the way to the fightAngelic: Abbie Holborn was a vision in white as she showed off her incredible legs on the way to the fight

Angelic: Abbie Holborn was a vision in white as she showed off her incredible legs on the way to the fight

Aaron was once again triumphant in his big fight, beating Karl within 40 seconds of arriving in the cage, and the star put on a victorious display after his win.

Speaking to The Mirror after the fight, he said: 'I got a bit excited and came off the game plan for 10 seconds and got caught.

'But then I settled down and caught him with a big right hand. I saw him go down and I jumped all over him.

'You don't get paid overtime in here.'

White beauty: Abbie looked incredible in the minidress with fringed detailing, with her ebony locks on full displayWhite beauty: Abbie looked incredible in the minidress with fringed detailing, with her ebony locks on full displayWhite beauty: Abbie looked incredible in the minidress with fringed detailing, with her ebony locks on full displayWhite beauty: Abbie looked incredible in the minidress with fringed detailing, with her ebony locks on full display

White beauty: Abbie looked incredible in the minidress with fringed detailing, with her ebony locks on full display

Treading the boards: The cast of Geordie Shore were out in full force to support Aaron in his MMA fight against Karl DonaldsonTreading the boards: The cast of Geordie Shore were out in full force to support Aaron in his MMA fight against Karl Donaldson

Treading the boards: The cast of Geordie Shore were out in full force to support Aaron in his MMA fight against Karl Donaldson

Bros together: Nathan Henry joined new Geordie Shore cast member Sam Gowland as they headed into the venue togetherBros together: Nathan Henry joined new Geordie Shore cast member Sam Gowland as they headed into the venue together

Bros together: Nathan Henry joined new Geordie Shore cast member Sam Gowland as they headed into the venue together

The 30-year-old has also hinted that a rising career in MMA fighting could mean a departure from Geordie Shore in the near future.

Speaking at his last fight in September, Aaron told MailOnline: 'Geordie Shore is my job, that's what has made us, but obviously I'm 30 now and I have a girlfriend, so maybe it's my time to step out of Geordie Shore and let somebody younger come in.

'I've done what I need to do on there. You have to understand the show doesn't grow old, but we do. Six years ago it was fun, but we're getting older. The audience is getting younger and we're getting older.'

In action: Aaron was once again triumphant in the cage, beating Karl in just 40 secondsIn action: Aaron was once again triumphant in the cage, beating Karl in just 40 seconds

In action: Aaron was once again triumphant in the cage, beating Karl in just 40 seconds

Victorious: Aaron told The Mirror after his fight: 'I got a bit excited and came off the game plan for 10 seconds and got caught'Victorious: Aaron told The Mirror after his fight: 'I got a bit excited and came off the game plan for 10 seconds and got caught'

Victorious: Aaron told The Mirror after his fight: 'I got a bit excited and came off the game plan for 10 seconds and got caught'

Back on track: He added: 'But then I settled down and caught him with a big right hand. I saw him go down and I jumped all over him. You don't get paid overtime in here.'Back on track: He added: 'But then I settled down and caught him with a big right hand. I saw him go down and I jumped all over him. You don't get paid overtime in here.'

Back on track: He added: 'But then I settled down and caught him with a big right hand. I saw him go down and I jumped all over him. You don't get paid overtime in here.'

Go Aaron! The Geordie Shore cast certainly got into the spirit of things as they cheered on Aaron during the fightGo Aaron! The Geordie Shore cast certainly got into the spirit of things as they cheered on Aaron during the fight

Go Aaron! The Geordie Shore cast certainly got into the spirit of things as they cheered on Aaron during the fight

Home support: As Sam documented the night on social media, Charlotte got right into the spirit of rooting for her palHome support: As Sam documented the night on social media, Charlotte got right into the spirit of rooting for her pal

Home support: As Sam documented the night on social media, Charlotte got right into the spirit of rooting for her pal

Casual: Callum Best kept his look relaxed as he joined the stars at the arena to support AaronCasual: Callum Best kept his look relaxed as he joined the stars at the arena to support Aaron

Casual: Callum Best kept his look relaxed as he joined the stars at the arena to support Aaron

Dynamic duo: Sam and Chloe also put on a friendly display as they sat together at the fightDynamic duo: Sam and Chloe also put on a friendly display as they sat together at the fight

Dynamic duo: Sam and Chloe also put on a friendly display as they sat together at the fight

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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