Mining camps for overseas travellers

Original article by Michael McKenna
The Australian – Page: 5 : 15-Jan-21

The Queensland government has confirmed a proposal to house returning international travellers in remote mining camps due to growing concern about the high-contagious UK variant of COVID-19. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says this is a "rational option" given that the new variant is up to 70 per cent more infectious than the original strain. Palaszczuk intends to put the proposal to the upcoming meeting of the national cabinet on 22 January. Queensland has recorded four new cases of COVID-19 among people in hotel quarantine, and there are 27 active cases statewide.


Double dose of SCG a boost for India

Original article by Peter Lalor
The Australian – Page: Online : 4-Jan-21

The Indian cricket team stated on 3 January that they will not travel to Brisbane if they are forced to comply with strict quarantine requirements that would see them restricted to their hotel rooms while not playing. The team has made it clear from the beginning that one quarantine period was their limit, while the Queensland government has indicated it is not prepared to relax its quarantine rules for people coming from Sydney for the Indian cricket team. Unless the government backs down or the Indian team has a change of heart, there will be two Tests in a row at the SCG, a ground that the Indians traditionally do well at.