WA is imposing a tough border with Queensland from midnight tonight, Mark McGowan has introduced, in response to fears of an outbreak of the brand new fast-spreading UK pressure of COVID-19 in Brisbane.
Journey from Queensland — now designated a “medium threat State” — into WA is simply permitted with a police exemption. Exempt travellers then have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The 7500 arrivals from Queensland since January 2, the primary day that the cleaner was believed to be infectious transferring about suburban Brisbane, should self quarantine for 14 days and get examined by Tuesday.
About 1400 passengers on 9 flights from Queensland are as a result of arrive at Perth Airport immediately. They are going to be examined on arrival on the airport, directed to self quarantine for 14 days and examined for a second time on day 11.
The modifications imply WA now has a tough border with Queensland, NSW and Victoria, however quarantine-free journey is permitted from Tasmania, SA, the ACT and NT.
Not like different jurisdictions which have up to now solely imposed journey restrictions on Brisbane residents, WA’s journey ban impacts all of Queensland.
Mr McGowan mentioned the case of the lodge quarantine cleaner in Brisbane who was contaminated with the UK pressure of COVID-19 was “extraordinarily regarding” and a hazard not simply to Queensland however all of Australia.
He mentioned he anticipated 2021 can be higher than 2020 however “it seems it’s no totally different — actually, in some ways, it’s worse” and a roll-out of the vaccine by the tip of this 12 months would hopefully convey enchancment.
“These are extraordinary circumstances. We’re not simply coping with the COVID-19 of 2020. This can be a complete new beast and we should take motion to stop this lethal virus from spreading into our neighborhood,” he mentioned.
Current arrivals from Queensland have been free to go away WA instantly, so long as they advise police of their journey plans.
COVID clinics will likely be given a sources enhance to cope with an anticipated surge in demand, however folks have been warned to count on delays and to convey water and solar safety.
Individuals who have been in touch with latest arrivals from Queensland don’t have to quarantine and solely should be examined in the event that they develop signs.
Masks will likely be obligatory at Perth Airport and on all home flights, together with intrastate flights inside WA. For the primary time within the pandemic, the Premier urged all WA households to have reusable masks out there.
The Premier mentioned he “100 per cent” supported his Queensland counterpart’s resolution to order Brisbane right into a three-day lockdown, saying they have been “doing it for the entire nation”.
“The case of the lodge quarantine cleaner in Brisbane is extraordinarily regarding. Our well being officers and Queensland well being officers each agree this can be a harmful scenario not just for Brisbane, however for the entire of Australia,” he mentioned.
“That is Australia’s first recognized case of the tremendous quick spreading UK variant of COVID-19. Proof reveals this variant is 70 per cent extra infectious than different strains.
“Everyone knows how simply the unique pressure of COVID-19 transmits by way of our neighborhood, which implies this pressure is now setting a complete new benchmark in our battle in opposition to COVID-19. The rulebook continues to evolve, as does COVID.”
Beneath modifications agreed by Nationwide Cupboard, WA’s weekly cap on worldwide arrivals has additionally been halved to 512 folks till no less than mid-February and worldwide travellers should return a pre-flight unfavorable check.
Lodge quarantine employees in all States and Territories can even endure obligatory day by day testing.
WA well being authorities are actually whether or not it may cease lodge quarantine guards and cleaners from working different jobs, as is the case in Victoria.
One choice is to extend the pay of those employees, Mr McGowan confirmed.
“That is one thing Well being has been engaged on, about how to try this and how you can implement it. We’re it,” he mentioned.
“I perceive Victoria’s carried out it … however how do you implement that? And the way do you make sure that even in case you put that rule in place that somebody would not then do an odd job every so often, as a result of many individuals in these industries have a variety of jobs.”
Mr McGowan requested West Australians to keep away from journey exterior of WA except “completely crucial” and for all West Australians “to do our bit to maintain the neighborhood secure”.
“Whenever you’re not cautious, when you do not take the suitable precautions, you find yourself like Britain or America and we don’t wish to go there. We do not wish to go wherever close to that,” he mentioned.
“In Britain, it is only a catastrophe. It is a human disaster in Britain, and many individuals, notably the aged, will die in Britain in giant numbers. Australia, as everyone knows, is a really comparable nation to Britain, similar to the USA in some ways, but now we have a really totally different end result. And the rationale now we have a really totally different end result is now we have been extremely cautious.”
WA recorded no new circumstances on Friday. The paramedic concerned on this week’s PPE protocol breach has returned a unfavorable check consequence.
Queensland well being authorities mentioned the cleaner, a lady in her 20s, was believed to have been in the neighborhood for 5 days whereas infectious.
Earlier on Friday it was introduced Higher Brisbane will go right into a three-day lockdown as authorities scramble to comprise the unfold of the mutant pressure.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk mentioned Higher Brisbane, which incorporates the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands, will go into lockdown from 6pm Friday to 6pm Monday.
Residents should keep at dwelling aside from 4 key causes – to go away for important work, well being care, purchasing and train in your native space.
Ms Palaszczuk mentioned she was ‘going exhausting and going early’ to cease the unfold of this ‘extremely contagious