Two new COVID cases in Qld as officials get tough on quarantine

Queensland has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 as officials warn the chances of people getting exemptions from quarantine are now even lower.

Both new cases are returned travellers who tested positive in hotel quarantine.

There are currently 11 active cases across the state.


Testing rates were high with 4918 people swabbed in the past 24 hours.

It comes as health officials remain on high alert after confirming on Tuesday that a woman in hotel quarantine was found to be carrying the highly contagious South African strain of the virus.

She has since been transferred to hospital on the Sunshine Coast.

“We are absolutely confident that all proper measures were taken at the hotel and in the transfer and of course at the hospital in relation to this positive case,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.

“But what this positive case reaffirms is that it is really important that we maintain our strong hotel quarantine position.” 

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says the state’s already strict quarantine scheme would be further tightened, and exemptions would be become even less likely.

“The risk unfortunately over the last few months has escalated. We are seeing more and more positive cases in the people returned from overseas and now that we have these two variants that are quite concerning developing in the UK, and the South African variant it increases the risk even more,” Dr Young said.

“So therefore, the exemptions that will be given will be even fewer than before.”