Tasmania is PLUNGED into snap three-day lockdown after NSW man brought Covid into the island state

  • Tasmania 's capital, Hobart, was plunged into snap lockdown on Friday
  • Premier Peter Gutwein announced the lockdown during a press conference
  • A NSW man, 31, arrived in the state on Monday evening and tested positive

Hobart and Southern Tasmania have been plunged into a snap-three day lockdown after a Covid-positive man visited . 

Premier Peter Gutwein announced the stay-at-home orders at 2.30pm (local time) on Friday. 

The lockdown will begin at 6pm (AEDT) and will end at 6pm on Monday. 

A NSW man, 31, arrived in the state on Monday evening and tested positive on Wednesday.

Tasmania 's capital, Hobart, is expected to be plunged into a snap-three day lockdown on Friday afternoon with the state cabinet locked in crisis meetings

Tasmania 's capital, Hobart, is expected to be plunged into a snap-three day lockdown on Friday afternoon with the state cabinet locked in crisis meetings

Premier Peter Gutwein 'will provide information regarding further measures associated with the current Covid situation in southern Tasmania' at 2.30pm local time, a statement said

Premier Peter Gutwein 'will provide information regarding further measures associated with the current Covid situation in southern Tasmania' at 2.30pm local time, a statement said

The man allegedly broke out of quarantine and was found at an address in the city's outer north at 4.45pm on Tuesday.

In a statement, Mr Gutwein said: 'At a time when the vast majority of Tasmanians are doing the right thing, I cannot stress how deeply disappointing it is for someone to blatantly ignore the rules and put others at risk in this way.'

The man will be fined $3,000. 

Ahead of the announcement supermarkets were flooded with shoppers stocking up on supplies. 

Many piled their trolleys with toilet paper and non-perishables. 

Four exposure sites have been listed so far by Public Health: 

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein is expected to make an announcement on Friday afternoon

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein is expected to make an announcement on Friday afternoon 

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Tasmania Covid lockdown: Hobart given stay-at-home orders

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