Queensland has acted swiftly in response to South Australia’s growing COVID-19 cluster, declaring Greater Adelaide a virus hotspot.
The declaration kicked in at 1.00am this morning, meaning anyone touching down in the sunshine state will need to undergo 14 days mandatory home or hotel quarantine.
The requirements will be tightened even further tomorrow, with anyone arriving after 1am on Monday, December 6, required to have received a negative PCR test result in the 72 hours prior to arrival.
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“For those arriving into Queensland prior to 1am on Monday 6 December, a PCR test will be required as soon as practicable upon arrival into Queensland,” Queensland Health said.
Those already in the state who have been in Greater Adelaide since November 28 are being told to get a test as soon as practicable and isolate at home until a negative result is received.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the decision followed the detection of multiple COVID-19 cases connected to a school reunion in Adelaide.
“Due to the outbreaks that we’ve seen in South Australia and many exposure sites that have been listed, we are declaring Greater Adelaide as a hotspot from 1am December 5,” she said.
“This follows, of course, the many cases that have been connected to the school reunion in Adelaide which has now seen two positive cases here in Queensland and multiple high-risk exposures.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Peter Aitken said the growing number of cases in South Australia was a timely reminder to all Queenslanders about the importance of being fully vaccinated.
“As borders across the country reopen, the number of COVID-19 cases will rise, similar to what we are seeing in South Australia,” Dr Aitken said.
“Those in Queensland who are not fully vaccinated ahead of the State’s border reopening are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
“My message to those people is clear – get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect yourselves, your loved ones and the community.”