Qld to continue Victoria hotspot declaration, watching NSW situation

The Queensland Government has announced Victoria will remain a hotspot for at least another seven days, as the COVID-19 cluster in the southern state continues to grow.

Two new cases were detected in Victoria in the last 24 hours. Victorian health officials are yet to reveal the exact details of the new cases.

Regional Victoria is expected to end its lockdown at midnight tonight, pending the final tick of approval from the Victorian Government today, but restrictions will still be in place for regional areas.


Greater Melbourne will remain under stay and home orders for another seven days.

Despite the hope of restrictions easing for regional Victoria, the Queensland Government will keep the entire state under a hotspot declaration for another week.

They will review the situation in seven days time.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said they were also keeping a close eye on the COVID situation in New South Wales after an infected Victorian family travelled to areas around the south of the state before the lockdown began.

Nine possible exposure sites have now been listed by NSW Health officials.

“If you have been in any of these areas in recent times, particularly since the 19th of May, please go on to the website and have a look and if you’ve been to any of those venues follow the advice on the website,” Mr D’Ath said.

Acting Chief Health Officer, Dr Sonya Bennett, said the situation in New South Wales was a concern but it is still in the early stages.

“It’s early days for New South Wales and I think, like any COVID outbreak in any jurisdiction, we’ll know more over the next few days about whether there has been transmission there or not,” Dr Bennett said.

“It is largely unknown.”