Three new Qld cases, weekly testing brought in for hotel quarantine staff

There’s been another three coronavirus cases diagnosed in Queensland, as the state adjusts its practices in quarantine hotels.

The new cases have all been diagnosed in hotel quarantine, after recently returning home from overseas.

It means there are now 12 active cases within the Sunshine State.


It comes as health authorities announce an adjustment to practises at quarantine hotels, off the back of the virus outbreak in Adelaide.

The South Australian outbreak has been linked to an employee of a medi-hotel, who didn’t even have direct contact with a person staying within the hotel.

It’s caused states around the country to reconsider their practices within quarantine hotels, to make sure there’s no possible way for the virus to escape.

Quarantine hotel employees within Queensland will be made to undergo weekly coronavirus tests, to ensure they aren’t exposed to the virus.

“We will from early next week, start testing our staff in hotel quarantine on a weekly basis,” Health Minister Yvette D’ath said.

“So particularly our police. And the health workers who come in to work with those individuals in hotel quarantine and to support them.

“We want to make sure that they’re tested regularly as well. So this will further strengthen our hotel quarantine.

“We will also be talking with the hotel sector in relation to other staff that are directly employed with the hotel but they have a lot less contact if any contact at all with those people who are actually in those hotel quarantines.

“So our key priority is those who are in direct contact with those individuals,” Minister D’ath said.