Greater Brisbane and Byron Shire hotspot statuses lifted, new NSW areas forced to self-isolate

by | Apr 1, 2021 | COVID-19 | 0 comments

UPDATED: NT chief health officer Hugh Heggie has revoked the hotspot status for six Queensland local government areas, meaning people can freely travel from those areas into the Northern Territory without quarantining and has this afternoon also lifted the Byron Shire hotspot status.

And as of 3pm, the Byron Shire in NSW is no longer considered a hotspot for the purpose of travel to the NT, however anyone arriving from that area will have to self-quarantine and get tested for COVID-19.

Dr Heggie has also ordered that anyone entering the NT, or who have entered since March 28, from the NSW areas of Ballina Shire, Tweed Shire and City of Lismore must self-quarantine and seek a COVID test and stay quarantined until a negative result is returned.

The revocation of the Brisbane area hotspot status took effect at 11:30am this morning and includes revoking the order to isolate and test for all Queensland arrivals.

The dozens of people currently in the Howard Springs quarantine facility were set free, the government said.

It follows the Queensland Government lifting the three-day snap lockdown on Brisbane after only one positive case of coronavirus was detected overnight.

“The Queensland public health response has been swift and extensive,” Dr Heggie said in a statement.

“Strict lockdown measures were put in place, significant community testing has been undertaken and there has been only one new case recording in Queensland in the past 24 hours.

“I am comfortable in revoking the Queensland hotspots, but will continue to review and monitor the situation across Australia, particularly in Northern NSW.”

On Monday, the NT Government had declared the City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay region, Ipswich, Logan City and Redland City as COVID hotspot areas. They also included the Toowoomba region, which forced Chief Minister Michael Gunner to take time off work to get tested for coronavirus after his in-laws arrived from the region last weekend and he developed “cold-like symptoms”.

He reportedly later tested negative for COVID-19.

“The Chief Health Officer has urged Territorians not to become complacent as the COVID-19 situation can change quickly,” the government said in a statement.

“Personal behaviour including practising high levels of hygiene and physical distancing remain our best defence against COVID-19.

“The risk of COVID-19 in our communities cannot be eliminated which is why it is important for everyone to follow all health directions.”

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