Anyone who arrives in Queensland from New South Wales and has been to an exposure site linked to the latest Sydney COVID-19 cluster will have to enter hotel quarantine from 1:00am tomorrow.
NSW recorded one new case of coronavirus today, the wife of a man in his 50s in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, who tested positive to the virus yesterday.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said “people shouldn’t be travelling from New South Wales if they have been to those venues”.
“We will have police and health workers meeting flights coming in to Queensland to just check with passengers whether they have been at those venues,” she said.
“We believe this is sensible restrictions at this time.
“We understand that this list of venues is likely to be increased, so anyone who has been in New South Wales since the 27th of April, if you have any symptoms whatsoever please get tested.”
Ms D’Ath said the government has no plans to close the border to New South Wales, describing the new case as “not necessarily concerning”.
“We believe the restrictions that we’re putting in place are sufficient, but we are willing to go further if we need to,” she said.
“We will see how they go with their contact tracing, with their testing, and trying to identify this missing link or links and then we’ll be in a position to have a better idea of how long the restrictions should apply.”
Man in ICU after getting AstraZeneca vaccine
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has also confirmed a 66-year-old man in Townsville experienced thrombosis after he received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“He has been admitted to the intensive care unit in Townsville and the TGA [Therapeutic Goods Association] has confirmed with me that they believe that his illness is a direct result of the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Dr Young said.
He received the first dose of the vaccine on March 30 and developed abdominal pain, before presenting to the Townsville hospital.
Queensland recorded three new cases of coronavirus today, all in hotel quarantine.
Two cases came from Papua New Guinea and one from Nepal.
Ms D’Ath has asked the federal health minister to make GPs who are on the national immunisation program the ones to administer the vaccine to the broader community, arguing they “they are in the best position” to determine if the vaccine is suitable for them.
“Individuals will have much more confidence about making an informed decision when they’re actually having that conversation with their GP,” she said.