Queensland declares Perth a one-case hotspot

Queensland Acting Premier, Steven Miles (pictured) has declared Perth a ‘COVID-19 hotspot’ after the western state recorded one case of the virus in a quarantine hotel worker over the weekend.

“Anyone who has been in Metropolitan Perth, Peel or the South West regions of WA who arrives in Queensland from 6pm tonight will be required to go into 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine,” Mr Miles formally announced just after 6pm last night.

“From 6pm tonight, Queensland is declaring Perth a hotspot. Anyone who has been in Perth, the Peel or South West regions will be required to go into 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine,” he said.

“If you have been in any of those WA areas since January 26, you need to come forward and get tested and isolate until you receive a negative test result.

“Our border restrictions are being ramped up to protect Queenslanders.”

Minister for Health Minister, Yvette D’Ath said timeframes may change as more information was received about the WA outbreak. 

“If you’re already in Queensland and you have been to Perth or the surrounding areas since January 26, please get tested and isolate until get a negative result,” Ms D’Ath said.

“Depending on testing clinic times, you may want to isolate in your accommodation and seek a test tomorrow morning.

“Please do not go out into the community except to get tested, and then isolate until you get a negative result. 

“I am calling on all Queenslanders to keep up the good work, make sure you’re following the health advice, particularly around check-in processes when you’re out in the community.” 

You can find a list of testing clinics here: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed/testing-and-fever-clinics