In an effort to minimise a Victoria or South Australia-like outbreak, new quarantine testing protocols will be introduced in Queensland.
The state recorded three new cases in the last testing period, all detected in hotel quarantine.
There are 12 active cases in Queensland, all international arrivals, however more than 7000 people were tested for the second day in a row on Wednesday.
“That shows our message is getting across to the community,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.
She said the majority of Queensland residents or visitors who had been in Adelaide in the past 14 days had tested negative.
Camera IconQueensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young has recommended new testing measures for hotel quarantine workers. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/Tertius Pickard
Queensland already has “one of the strongest hotel quarantine systems in the country”; however, Ms D’Ath announced new requirements for those working in facilities across the state.
“What we do here as a matter of practice is when someone tests positive, we move them into hospital … We believe this has strengthened our quarantine response,” she said.
“We will from early next week, start testing our staff in hotel quarantine on a weekly basis.