Queensland will continue off-limits for passengers from Adelaide as the Northern Territory raises its own hotspot statement on the back of further information provided to the southern state health authorities.
A Queensland Health spokesperson confirmed that by “several situations of community transmission,” border limitation would continue in place while inquiries into the increasing cluster in Adelaide north last.
“The Chief Health Officer is in regular touch with her South Australian counterpart and is evaluating the condition,” said the Queensland Health department spokesperson in a statement.
On Saturday South Australia recorded just one new case of COVID-19, and two found in Queensland hotel quarantine.
The Northern Territory was set to reduce restrictions aimed at stopping any spread across its own border from 9:00 AM after South Australian authorities announced on Friday a COVID-positive pizza shop worker had misled them.
Earlier he claimed to have been a buyer of the store but later revealed he was, in fact, a staff member who served alongside an infected quarantine hotel guard and had been a kitchen help at another place.
The state is going to end now its tough lockdown three-days advanced than intended on Saturday night.
Queensland Health Department spokeswoman said, “Until we have further information possible, the Queensland boundary remains restricted to South Australian hotspots, and the quarantine conditions for citizens traveling from these hotspots continue to apply.”
The other three jurisdictions (Tasmania, Western Australia, and Northern Territory) have declared that they will impose limitations on people traveling from South Australia.
Victoria and Greater Sydney also remain on Queensland’s list of declared hotspots, barring those who have moved within them from entering Queensland without two weeks of necessary hotel quarantine.
Dr Young had signalled the judgment by NSW to keep travel free with SA could affect hopes to completely reopen the Queensland border by Christmas, if COVID-19 cases started to increase between them.