COVID-19 photo diary


Moments of human conditions.

The life during the COVID-19 crisis in Brisbane and Queensland (Australia).

The blog covered the major milestones of COVID in the state from the first confirmed case on the 29th of January 2020 to the first day of vaccination on the 22nd of February 2021.

Photography and text: Attila Csaszar


22 February 2021

Vaccination in Queensland begins today.

There are six vaccine hubs in Queensland to deliver the first Pfizer jabs to priority groups - with Gold Coast University Hospital taking the lead from today.

Another five hospitals are: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (pictured) Cairns Hospital, Townsville Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Nationally there are 240-plus facilities where aged care residents will get the first jabs.

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29 January 2021

One year ago today Queensland declared a public health emergency in response to COVID-19.

“We were the first state to do so, We have done more than 1.7 million tests. Over 1309 cases recorded in Queensland and, tragically, six people have passed away and we extend our condolences to those people.” - Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

More than 145,000 people have been through hotel quarantine in Queensland in the past 10 months. No restrictions need to apply throughout the state.


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15 January 2021

Australia take on India in the delayed traditional first Test of the Summer in November at the Gabba, with a January 2021 date due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the schedule.

Masks are still mandatory in shops and crowded places.

But inside the stadium people can take them away.

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11 January 2021

Greater Brisbane residents are able to emerge from their three-day hard lockdown from 6pm tonight.

There is only one locally acquired case, the partner of the cleaner who tested positive from the COVID-19 UK variant.

In the past 24 hours, 18,904 COVID tests have been conducted and more than 50,000 in the last 3 days.

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Brisbane City Is Empty
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9 January 2021

Three-day lockdown first day. The city is empty.

Shopping centres are empty too but shops are open.

0 locally acquired cases and more than 15.000 test have been concluded in the last 24 hours.

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8 January 2021

Shopping centres were flooded with panic buyers ahead of greater Brisbane’s looming lockdown.

On Friday morning, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Greater Brisbane, which includes the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands, will go into lockdown from 6pm Friday to 6pm Monday.

Residents must stay at home except for four key reasons – to leave for essential work, health care, shopping and exercise in your local area.

Anyone who has visited Brisbane since January 2 and has now moved on to other parts of the state or country will also be required to quarantine for the next three days.

Two visitors will be permitted to visit homes during this period but non-essential businesses will be forced to shutdown.

Masks will also be mandatory for anyone in greater Brisbane leaving their home, those who fail to do so will face $200 fines.

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7 January 2021

A Queensland cleaner at a quarantine hotel (Hotel Grand Cancellor) has been diagnosed with the more infectious UK strain of the virus, sending aged care homes across greater Brisbane into lockdown.

The state is on high alert for cases of community transmission after the cleaner tested positive today.

The infection ends almost four months (113 days) of zero locally acquired cases in the state.

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