Queensland border to open on Sunday

Those travelling from greater Brisbane will be able to enter SA without quarantine requirements.

Queensland border changes are to occur following today’s Transition Committee meeting.

SA Health officials have announced that from Sunday 17 January at 12.01am, the South Australian border with Queensland will reopen.

Those travelling from Greater Brisbane will be able to enter SA without quarantine requirements, as no new cases associated with their cluster have been recorded.

According to SA Health Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, the likely transmission occurred from the first case on 2 January. The Sunday 17 January date marks 14 days after this transmission.

Those from greater Brisbane currently in Quarantine in SA will likely have their quarantine period shortened following confirmation with SA Health.

These individuals will still be required to have received a negative result from their first day test, and to complete a day five and day 12 test.

Those entering the state from greater Brisbane on Sunday up until Wednesday 20 January will still be required to undergo the day one, five and 12 tests.

The two South Australian travellers who were staying at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane at the time of outbreak will still be required to continue their quarantine.

Professor Spurrier also provided an update to the NSW border restrictions stating that a different metric will be used to determine when it is safe to reopen borders.

The last transmission case in NSW occurred on Sunday 10 January, should no new cases associated with the outbreak be recorded in the state, border restrictions will be reviewed on 25 January, which will mark 14 days following the last case.

Case update

One new case has been recorded in SA from an overseas returned traveller marking 591 total cases in SA. There are currently 10 active cases, all of which are from overseas travellers and quarantining in the medi-hotel.

Professor Spurrier also urged South Australians to be mindful of diarrhoea and vomiting as they are symptoms of COVID-19.


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