QLD declares ACT a hotspot after capital put into lockdown

Queensland has declared the ACT a COVID hotspot after the capital was plunged into a snap seven-day lockdown.

The lockdown comes after a Canberra man in his 20s tested positive and was infectious in the community for several days

Queensland’s hotspot declaration will come into effect from 1am on Saturday but restrictions on returning travellers will begin immediately.


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Anyone who is currently in Queensland who has been in the ACT since Monday must quarantine at home immediately and stay there for 14 days since arriving in Queensland.

They’ll also need to get a COVID test on days one, five and 12.

People arriving in Queensland from 5pm today until 1am on Saturday will be forced to do 14 days of quarantine but can do that at home.

However, after 1am on Saturday it will be hotel quarantine for anyone returning from the ACT.

Queenslanders are being urged not to travel to the ACT.

The ACT hotspot declaration leaves the Northern Territory as the only interstate destination that Queenslanders can now visit without restrictions.