Commonwealth hotspot status removed for Greater Brisbane

The hotspot status of Greater Brisbane has now been removed by the federal government, meaning there are no more areas of concern around the country.

It comes two weeks after a hotel cleaner from the Grand Chancellor tested positive to the highly infectious UK strain of the virus.

The outbreak forced Queensland authorities to call a three day snap lockdown of Brisbane, to ensure the virus couldn’t spread too far if it was out in the community.


Following that, authorities discovered that the virus had been able to travel amongst the seventh floor of the hotel, infecting other guests as well.

Therefore, over 350 staff and former guests were forced into quarantine last week.

The guests that had previously completed their two week quarantine are now being allowed out, with the Chief Health Officer deeming no risk.

The Federal Health Minister says the decisions made by Queensland authorities to contain this outbreak have been commendable.

“It’s the Queensland Government, it’s the medical workers, the pathologists, the extraordinary testing. And above all else, the Queensland community,” Minister Greg Hunt said this morning.

“There were some difficult decisions which had to be made, which we did support decisions by the Queensland government.

“And the Prime Minister and the Australian government were very, very clear in our unequivocal support for the measures which were taken out of an abundance of precaution.

“But which have been an important step. Similarly, what this shows is that we are containing the virus,” Minister Hunt said.

It means that states and territories may continue to ease travel restrictions with the Greater Brisbane area.

Victoria is allowing travellers from Brisbane now, provided they’re tested for coronavirus after arriving and isolate until returning a negative result.

South Australia has removed their travel ban, but still require testing on days one, five and 12.

Western Australia remains closed to Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria at this stage.

With the Greater Brisbane hotspot now revoked, there are now remaining Commonwealth hotspots in the country.

However, Health Minister Greg Hunt warns we’re still not out of the woods.

“Of course, inevitably, there will be days of new cases. There will be days where there may be a requirement for Commonwealth hotspot definition to be re-introduced.

“But they’ll be done on the basis of that, and cases. But we have very, very clear evidence that the Australian system had been tested and tested again and continues to function.

“We’ve had outbreaks in South Australia recently, in New South Wales, in Queensland and in Victoria.

“All of them have responded magnificently in partnership with the Commonwealth and in partnership with the Australian public. And it could be anywhere. It could be any time,” Minister Hunt said.

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