Coronavirus WA: All Queensland travellers face up to 14 days in self-quarantine following new Brisbane case | Ralph Lauren

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Anyone arriving in WA from Queensland now face self-quarantine for up to a fortnight after a second case of community transmission was confirmed in Brisbane this morning.

Premier Mark McGowan said the Government was immediately moving to re-introduce border rules for new arrivals following advice from Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson.

It means all travellers from Queensland will have to self-quarantine 14 days, or until they provide a negative COVID-19 test result.

WA State Health Minister Roger Cook is expected to address the media this afternoon following the latest border changes.
Camera IconWA State Health Minister Roger Cook is expected to address the media this afternoon following the latest border changes. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

Those that have been to any of the number of exposure sites however, will have to spend 14 days in isolation, irrespective of a negative test.

At this stage the new measures will only be in place until March 30 but Mr McGowan has warned the WA Government would “not hesitate to take further action.”

Depending on how the situation develops in Queensland, that could mean the State being moved from its current “very low risk” status to “low risk”.

If this were to occur, all Queensland arrivals would need to self-quarantine for a full 14 days, no matter the result of their COVID-19 test.

“Based on health advice, we have introduced an interim border control measure with Queensland to keep WA safe,” Mr McGowan said.

“The situation in Queensland continues to unfold, I thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time as we do what is necessary to help WA remain free from community transmission.

“Thanks to our border controls and strong health response, Western Australia has been free from community transmission for more than 11 months – we want to keep it that way.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said that the next two days are critical for the State following two cases of community transmission.
Camera IconQueensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said that the next two days are critical for the State following two cases of community transmission. Credit: methode/methode

Health Minister Roger Cook echoed Mr McGowan’s calls to continue with border measures that have come in and out throughout the past 12 months.

“We will continue to take a cautious approach on the best medical advice to take every action possible to prevent community spread of COVID-19 in our State,” Mr Cook added.

“The unfolding situation in Queensland is a reminder for us all to monitor our health, and if we develop symptoms to get a COVID test.

“It’s important we all heed the health advice to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe.”



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