Anyone in Queensland who has been in Victoria since December 21 is now being urged to get tested for COVID immediately and isolate until they get a negative result.
The new advice comes as concerns grow about the growing outbreak in Victoria.
A casual contact of a Victorian case has already been identified on the Gold Coast while a close contact has been identified in Mackay.
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The call for people to get tested saw long queues at testing centres across south-east Queensland late on Saturday.
Many report being turned away with centres not prepared for the announcement from the Chief Health Officer.
Jeanette Young says she is ‘very concerned’ at how the situation is escalating in Victoria.
“Victoria’s own assessment of the situation is that the risk of spread is right across the state, not just in Melbourne, which is why they have imposed restrictions across their entire state,” Dr Young said.
“This is very serious and we’re taking this action now, like we did with New South Wales – this will ensure we know of any positive cases really early and we can manage our response accordingly.
Officials are yet to extend Queensland’s border closure beyond Greater Sydney but Dr Young says they are monitoring the situation very closely.
She is now also urging Queenslanders currently in Victoria or New South Wales to consider coming home soon as possible, in a sign things could be about to change.
Dr Young is again calling on Queenslanders to reassess any plans to travel to either state.
“If you do decide to go, you need to be aware of the potential consequences, such as border changes and not making it home to Queensland before hotel quarantine is imposed.”
Queensland will reassess its border closure with Greater Sydney on January 8, but it appears unlikely it will be lifted anytime soon.
The state recorded one new case of COVID-19 on Saturday, a young boy who had recently returned from overseas.
The boy was already in hospital after being admitted with a family member who tested positive in hotel quarantine.