Most jurisdictions across Aus declare Greater Brisbane a hotspot, WA closes borders

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States and territories across Australia have changed COVID-19 rules following news of Brisbane’s lockdown. Here’s what you need to know.

But Western Australia has taken a different approach, imposing a hard border arrangement with all of Queensland as of midnight on Friday.

Premier Mark McGowan said the one case outside hotel quarantine recorded in Queensland on Thursday — a quarantine hotel cleaner diagnosed with a contagious mutant strain of COVID-19 — was “extremely concerning”.

“This is a dangerous situation not only for Brisbane but for the whole of Australia,” he said.

“Queensland will move from a ‘very low risk state’ to a ‘medium risk state’ under our health advice.”

Tasmania was the first jurisdiction to declare Greater Brisbane a “high risk area” on Friday, with any travellers arriving into the state who have been in the area since January 2 now required to quarantine for 14 days.

Camera IconPremier Peter Gutwein announced the quarantine rules on Friday, following Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement. Credit: News Corp Australia

Camera IconPremier Peter Gutwein announced the quarantine rules on Friday, following Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement. Credit: News Corp Australia

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