The State’s top doctor has confirmed Queensland will reopen to parts of Western Australia from tomorrow.
From 1am on Saturday, the South West Region of WA will be removed as a hotspot, allowing people from that area to travel freely to the sunshine state.
The declared hotspots of Metropolitan Perth and the Peel region will remain in place until 1am on 14 February, which is 14 days since the hotel quarantine security guard who contracted COVID-19 was last infectious in the community.
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It means anyone who was forced into hotel quarantine in Queensland after travelling from the South West region of Western Australia will be able to leave tomorrow.
However, anyone who touches down from Metropolitan Perth or the Peel region of Western Australia will still be required to quarantine.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said she is confident that Western Australia is tracking well with high rates of testing and no cases, but caution is needed.
“While Western Australia is set to come out of their lockdown tonight with no new local cases detected since the security guard tested positive, we still need to be cautious as we have not yet reached the end of the incubation period,” Dr Young said.
“Western Australia also continues to exercise caution with Western Australians ordered to wear masks when out of the house for another eight days.
“We know that someone can show up positive with COVID-19 towards the end of the 14-day incubation period – this has happened many times in hotel quarantine.
“We are following Western Australia’s lead and are keeping the hotspot declaration in place for Metropolitan Perth and the Peel region until 14 February, and we will continue to monitor the situation,” she said.
Queenslanders are again being urged to remain vigilant for symptoms of the virus, after fragments of COVID-19 were again detected in wastewater.
Samples taken from the Oxley Creek, Bundaberg and Elanora sewage catchments have tested positive.
“Getting tested is especially important now more than ever, as we know the new variants emerging overseas are more contagious than previous variants we have seen in Queensland,” Dr Young said.
“If there is a case we are not yet aware of, it is critical we detect it through our testing mechanisms as quickly as possible to contain any potential spread.
“It is, of course, also possible that this detection relates to previous COVID-19 cases who can shed viral fragments for a couple of months after they are no longer infectious,” she said.
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, and loss of taste or smell.