Australia live news: Queensland orders hundreds to restart quarantine over fears of UK Covid variant

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11.56pm GMT

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11.51pm GMT

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young is speaking now:

I think the safest thing to do is to move all of the guests out of that hotel to other hotels immediately. So that has now started and will happen today. So all of those 129 remaining people in that hotel will move, will get tested and will stay in quarantine for 14 days unless we find out what the link is.

So far, it’s floor 7, so we’re going to be very, very careful about floor 7, of course, and see whether that’s where it spread and the rest of the hotel is fine, but we don’t know, so we’re taking a really cautious approach, as we always do here in Queensland. Given that the earliest there could have been any spread from that gentleman from the UK is when he arrived into Australia, into Brisbane, on 30 December, we’re using that as a point going back to.

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