‘Emperor of WA’ Mark McGowan orders ALL Queensland travelers to isolate with immediate effect – leaving Easter plans in chaos
- WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan tightened restrictions after QLD’s two Covid cases
- McGowan ordered all QLD travelers to get tested and isolate themselves from Saturday
- The prime minister said further travel restrictions could be introduced if necessary
- Scott Morrison is urging other states to balance in response to the outbreak
Millions of Australians’ Easter plans have been thrown into chaos as Western Australia tightened travel restrictions following the Queensland coronavirus outbreak.
A second man, who is in close contact with existing coronavirus cases in Queensland, was reported in Brisbane on Saturday.
WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan has ordered all travelers from the Sunshine State to be tested and self-insulated upon arrival in WA effective Saturday afternoon.
The rules apply to anyone arriving from the Brisbane and Moreton Bay areas in WA since March 20 must insulate until they receive a negative test result.
South Australia has introduced similar rules, with all arrivals from Queensland since March 20 saying to get tested and insulated.
WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan has ordered all Queensland travelers to be tested and self-insulated upon arrival in WA effective Saturday afternoon
Travelers should be retested on Day 5 and Day 13 of their mandatory 14-day quarantine
They should also be retested on day five and day 13 of quarantine, but there is no requirement to isolate after both tests unless symptoms develop.
The new rules will be in effect until midnight on March 30th.
“I understand this new measure will be frustrating for some, but it is critical that we all do our part to keep our friends, family and our community safe,” he said in a statement.
‘People must heed the health advice that has protected us. We have to stay on track. ‘
Mr. McGowan said further restrictions could be introduced if necessary.
He said that included a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The new rules come after a 26-year-old landscaper from Stafford, north Brisbane, tested positive for the highly contagious British strain Covid on Friday.
West Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan (pictured) said further restrictions could be introduced if necessary
Some other states have quickly imposed restrictions on travel from Queensland (Photo: People arriving in Brisbane from Sydney in December)
The new case announced Saturday is a close contact from the landscaper from another Strathpine household – with contact investigators currently interviewing the man.
Genomic sequencing shows the 26-year-old’s case is linked to the species that infected a doctor at Princess Alexandra Hospital two weeks ago – but officials have no idea how it jumped between the two, who are not known to have each other. ever met.
Before his positive test, the man visited locations in Brisbane for several days since Friday, March 19.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Saturday that health officials were “ concerned ” about people being in a busy shopping center while the 26-year-old was also there.
She repeated urgent calls to anyone who found themselves in any part of the Westfield Carindale shopping center from noon to 2:16 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 to isolate themselves and get tested immediately.
“The next two days will be crucial for us,” said Ms. Palaszczuk.
‘We want to rule out every possibility here. The sooner that everyone [gets tested] the better we will be. ‘
Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged states and territories to be balanced and ‘proportionate’ in their response to the outbreak.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) said ‘the next two days will be crucial’ for the Sunshine State
He says the ongoing rollout of vaccines has changed the ‘risk calculations’ and he is convinced that the Queensland government has the situation under control.
“The economic recovery we’re seeing in Australia right now is leading the world, and we want that to happen, and we don’t want to prevent it from happening through a potential disproportion or overreaction in response,” Morrison told reporters.
Some other Australian states have already responded to the discovery of the highly contagious species in Queensland by reintroducing travel restrictions.
New South Wales has closed its border to anyone who has been to Queensland Health exposure sites and if they are in the state at all, they should get tested and isolate themselves.
The landscaper, while contagious, had visited sites in Brisbane including a Bunnings in his own suburb of Stafford (pictured)
Tasmania has also closed their border to anyone who has been to the listed exposure sites within 14 days of wanting to travel to the state.
Victoria has designated the Brisbane and Moreton regions as an ‘orange zone’ for which travelers wishing to travel must obtain a permit and a Covid test.
Down in New South Wales, travelers who have been to one of the listed exposure sites must be tested and insulated for 14 days.