PM cleared of COVID after attending exposure venue

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been caught up in a COVID scare after being identified as a casual contact of a confirmed case in Sydney.

But the scare won’t stop him from travelling to Queensland on Wednesday for his first trip to the Sunshine State in months.

Mr Morrison was informed yesterday that an event he attended last Friday evening was an exposure site.


But he was advised he did not have to isolate and proceeded to host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Kirribilli House in Sydney on Tuesday night.

The Prime Minister has since returned two negative PCR tests and will fly to Brisbane later this morning.

“That’s what living with the virus is. I mean, the virus is there, Omicron is in Australia and we’re going to live with the virus. We’re not going to let it drag us back to where we’ve been.” Mr Morrison told 4BC.

“We’ve got one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, we’re about to tip over 90 per cent double dose vaccinated all around the country.

“Yesterday we had another bumper day in terms of our booster program. Almost 100 thousand got their boosters yesterday and we need people to keep getting out and getting their boosters.

“But we’ve got to keep moving forward.”

Meantime, the Prime Minister has questioned the decision by Queensland Health to force all passengers on two flights to quarantine for two weeks after an infected passenger flew into the state.

The person flew from Newcastle to Brisbane on Monday then on to Townsville where they tested positive.

All passengers on those two flights have been deemed close contacts and will have to isolate for 14 days.

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Mr Morrison refused to criticise Queensland authorities but says there are better ways to handle situations like this.

“Of course we’ve got to be careful and I understand that’s the intention of the Queensland government.

“There’s nothing magical about 14 days but with PCR testing and other things that can be done I’m sure those who are caught up in that would be happy to have those tests every single day… to ensure they can be with their families.

“That’s a matter for the Queensland government, they’re the ones that have made this decision but I think we’ve got to be more innovative and we’ve got to be finding ways to let people rejoin the community, that’s got to be our goal.”