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.

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Qld ready to impose short lockdowns

Original article by Tom Burton
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 12-Jan-21

The Queensland government’s three-day lockdown of Greater Brisbane ended at 6pm on 11 January, after the state recorded a third consecutive day with no new cases of community transmission of COVID-19. However, four new cases in hotel quarantine have been confirmed; the partner of a quarantine hotel cleaner who contracted the highly-contagious UK variant has also been diagnosed with this strain of COVID-19. The government will maintain some coronavirus restrictions across Brisbane until at least 22 January, while Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has not ruled out further snap lockdowns if they are deemed necessary.

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Qld govt refuses to reveal whether harsh restrictions will be lifted

Original article by Hayden Johnson
The Courier-Mail – Page: 4 & 5 : 11-Jan-21

The three-day lockdown of Greater Brisbane is slated to end at 6pm on 11 January, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has not yet committed to lifting the restrictions. The snap lockdown was imposed after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel tested positive for the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19; two returned travellers in quarantine at the hotel have also been diagnosed with the mutated variant of the coronavirus. Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says the latest COVID-19 numbers will determine the government’s next move. Queensland has recorded two consecutive days with no new cases.

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