Hamilton Island on alert after Victorian close contacts went there

Queensland’s Hamilton Island is on alert after Victorian travellers went there before the lockdown began.

They’ve since been identified as close contacts of a positive case back in their home state, but have so far tested negative.

The pair are now back on the mainland where they have to undergo two weeks of quarantine, while the rest of the island is on alert for any symptoms.


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It comes as Queensland Health reminds anyone who recently arrived from another state to check exposure sites at least every 24 hours.

Coronavirus cases are increasing outside of the Greater Melbourne area, with Philip Island now of particular concern down there.

“The Delta variant is a particular concern – we can see it’s spread has been rapid between linked cases, and with hundreds of interstate exposure venues currently listed, it’s critical that anyone who’s been interstate is checking the website daily,” Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said over the weekend.

“We’ve always asked people to check the website, and we’ve had a specific requirement attached to the travel declaration to check the website for 14 days since arriving back in Queensland.

“But we’ll be clarifying in our public health directions that we need people to do it every 24 hours.

“Interstate arrivals should also expect to receive an SMS reminder about checking the site,” Doctor Young said.