Queensland has declared Sydney’s northern beaches a COVID-19 hotspot after an alarming spike in cases in just 24 hours.
A cluster in the area grew to 17 on Thursday and is expected to rise even further.
Queensland Health is now advising anyone who has been in Sydney’s northern beaches region since Friday 11 December to get tested and self-quarantine in their home or accommodation for 14 days from the date they were last there.
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Anyone arriving in Queensland from midnight last night who has been in the area is being told they must get tested and quarantine for 14 days.
Anyone who has been in Sydney’s northern beaches since December 11 and arrives in Queensland after midnight tonight will be forced into hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
That includes both interstate visitors and Queensland residents returning home.
Queensland Health says it is monitoring the situation and will provide an update on Friday morning.
It is not clear at this stage whether officials are considering reinstating border checkpoints.
Earlier on Thursday, restrictions were imposed on people who had been in Sydney’s northern beaches from visiting Queensland aged care facilities, hospitals and correctional centres.
Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young had also urged anyone who was travelling to greater Sydney to reconsider their plans.