Australia Travellers to Queensland who've been to Sydney COVID-19 exposure sites to face hotel quarantine
Scott Morrison defends '99.99pc effective' hotel quarantine system amid calls for change
Prime Minister Scott Morrison defends Australia's hotel quarantine system as "99.99 per cent effective" at protecting against COVID-19, as some medical experts call for it to be overhauled.A spread of infection at a quarantine hotel in Perth contributed to the city's three-day lockdown over the past weekend, prompting some medical experts to question the current system.
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.
, 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.
NSW hotel quarantine sees another 13 new Covid infections overnight
New South Wales has recorded a further 13 new cases of coronavirus in hotel quarantine as fears grow the current system cannot handle the influx of infected travellers. The state's health department confirmed the latest numbers on Friday morning, likely Australians who have returned from India who are in the grips of a covid crisis. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week that all flights from India to Australia would be suspended until at least May 15 as the country is recording more than 350,000 new cases every day.
"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."
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it would take "uncontrolled spread" for her to close the border to New South Wales.
Virus exposure sites at Brisbane airport
Queensland Health has pinpointed possible coronavirus risks for travellers at Brisbane's main airport after the transit of an infected passenger from PNG.Queensland Health has identified the airport's Hudson's Coffee stand and adjacent seating area, and the male toilets adjacent to Gate 79 as areas visited by the infected passenger.
Queensland recorded three new cases of coronavirus today, all in hotel quarantine.
Two cases came from Papua New Guinea and one from Nepal.
Man in ICU after getting AstraZeneca vaccine
Dr 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.
Dr Young said the TGA will be releasing a statement later today with updated advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine, but the current messaging remains.
"People who are vulnerable should get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine if they're 50 years of age or over," Dr Young said.
Ms D'Ath has asked the federal health minister to make GPs who are on the national immunisation program to be the ones to administer the vaccine to the broader community, arguing they "they are in the best position" to determine if it is suitable.
"Individuals will have much more confidence about making an informed decision when they're actually having that conversation with their GP," she said.
Dr Young said Pfizer hubs will be rolled out throughout Queensland by the end of May.
"Every single hospital and health service will have at least one Pfizer hub," she said.
New South Wales records no new Covid cases but restrictions remain .
A Sydney couple infected by the 'double mutant' Indian variant of the disease tested positive on Wednesday and Thursday.A Sydney couple infected by the 'double mutant' Indian variant of the disease tested positive on Wednesday and Thursday and are isolating at home.