Qld prepared to declare Sydney’s Northern Beaches a COVID hotspot

Queensland could be on the brink of declaring a hotspot before Christmas, with a new coronavirus cluster in Sydney’s Northern Beaches now of growing concern.

Any Queenslanders thinking of travelling to Sydney are being asked to reconsider their plans, as authorities continue to monitor the situation closely.

In the last 24 hours, New South Wales has recorded five new positive COVID-19 cases in the region, following a new case that emerged from a van driver closely linked to quarantine workers.


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From midday tomorrow, anyone who’s recently been to the Northern Beaches area since December 11 with not be allowed into residential aged care centre, hospitals or correctional facilities in Queensland.

While the Premier is urging people to reconsider their plans to go there.

“Queenslanders who have travel plans to visit greater Sydney, in particular the Northern Beaches region, should consider the risk of those areas becoming a hotspot,” Annastacia Palaszczuk posted to Twitter.

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Queensland Health says the next 24 hours will be critical, as to whether a hotspot will need to be declared.

“The next 24 hours are critical in suppressing the risk of the virus spreading,” Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.

“NSW has issued a number of public health alerts, where the recently confirmed cases have been while infectious.

“It’s vital that anyone who has been in the Northern Beaches region – especially in any of the venues listed in the NSW public health alerts – follows the health advice issued by NSW.

“That health advice includes that anyone who was at the Avalon Beach RSL on 11 December 2020 must immediately get tested and quarantine for 14 days in their home or in their current accommodation.

“I am also asking anyone that has been in the Northern Beaches region since 11 December 2020 to monitor their health and immediately get tested if they develop any symptoms.

“And anyone who has travel plans to visit greater Sydney, in particular the Northern Beaches region, should consider the risk of those areas becoming a hotspot.”

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