The South Australian city of Adelaide has just been declared a Covid hotspot in Queensland, as it grapples with a new outbreak of coronavirus.
After almost seven months of no new community transmission, there are suddenly 17 coronavirus cases within Adelaide.
It’s caused a number of Australian states to act swiftly with border controls, with Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania immediately closing to the whole of the state.
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Queensland has instead declared just the city of Adelaide as a hotspot, meaning anyone who’s travelled from there over the last two weeks will be forced into mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival into the Sunshine State.
“What we don’t want to see is Queenslanders having to go into any form of lockdown. All of our systems have worked extremely well, but this cluster outbreak is of concern.
“It’s not like the cluster outbreaks we’ve had in Queensland, but we do really hope that Adelaide does get on top of that very, very quickly,” the Premier said.
However, Queensland is also taking the further precaution of asking anyone who’s arrived from Adelaide over the last week to get tested and isolate themselves for fourteen days, regardless of the test result.
“I’m also asking that anyone has arrived in Queensland who’s been in Adelaide, since Monday of last week to immediately come forward and get themselves tested and go into quarantine wherever they are,” Chief Health Officer Doctor Jeanette Young announced this morning.
Queensland Health says it will not remove the hotspot status until the city goes 28 days without a new case of community transmission, which puts a full Christmas border reopening in serious doubt.
Victoria and New South Wales are yet to announce any changes to their borders, but Victoria has declared a hotspot and will scrutinise arrivals thoroughly.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian vowed she’s not in a rush to declare a border just yet.
“What we know is that at this stage, the South Australian authorities seem to be pretty much on top of it. and if there’s any difference to that advice of course we’ll act.
“But we’re certainly not going to move as quickly as the other states and adjust our border situation based off the advice we received this morning,” Premier Berejiklian said.