Five new hotel quarantine cases in Qld

Nick Gibbs
·2-min read

Queensland has recorded five new COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine as authorities continue to respond to a surge in demand for testing.

On Saturday, anybody who had been in Victoria since December 21 was told to get tested and self-isolate until they get their results.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young confirmed almost 6300 tests were done on Sunday and there were 83 Queensland Health fever clinics operating around the state.

"There is a lot more testing capacity now available across the state, we've also increased the hours of opening and the numbers of staff in a lot of those clinics," she said on Monday.

Dr Young said three additional clinics were open on the Gold Coast as well as staff numbers being doubled at the existing clinics.

"I know that there have been some queues that have developed over the weekend in some of those clinics and I thank the people who persevered and got themselves tested, that is really, really important," she said.

Acting Premier Cameron Dick said he didn't want anyone to have to wait, but the reality was people had responded to the call to get tested.

"They've responded in very significant numbers to do the right thing, and we are providing the resources that we need to do as a state to ensure they can be tested as quickly as possible," he said.

Public Health Directions have been issued banning people who have been in Victoria on or after December 21 from entering residential aged care facilities, disability accommodation and hospitals unless 14 days have passed.

Hospital visits are permitted if a negative COVID-19 test is obtained in Queensland.

"We're responding quickly to protect people in these facilities by restricting any visitors who have been in high-risk locations so we can keep them as safe as possible," Dr Young said on Sunday.

There are now 17 active cases in Queensland and the state has gone 111 days without a case of community-based infection.

The only recent positive cases have been reported in hotel quarantine, including a child who returned from Pakistan on the weekend.

Dr Young advised people to "keep engaged" while on holiday in the state because things could "unfortunately rapidly change".

The Queensland border is already closed to anyone who has been in the COVID-declared hotspots of Greater Sydney and surrounding areas in the past 14 days. Those restrictions are expected to be reviewed on January 8.

Border declaration passes are also needed for travellers who have visited NSW since December 11.