January 31, 2021

Queensland Health has declared Perth and some surrounding areas a COVID-19 hotspot.

This follows the announcement by Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday that a person working in a quarantine hotel has tested positive to the virus.

It is believed the hotel worker may have the UK variant of the disease.

“Anyone who has been in metropolitan Perth, Peel, or the south-west region of Western Australia who arrived in Queensland from 6:00pm on Sunday will be required to go into 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine,” a Queensland Health spokesperson said.

“This time frame may change as we receive more information about the Western Australia outbreak.”

Queensland Health also said anyone already in Queensland who had been in the Perth, Peel or south-west region since January 26 should come forward and get tested, then isolate until they get a negative result.

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UPDATE February 5:  Queensland is following the lead of Western Australia and will be removing the South-west region as part of the declared hotspots from 1:00am on February 6.

However, the declared hotspots of Metropolitan Perth and the Peel region will remain in place until 1:00am, February 14.

This means that anyone eligible to enter Queensland who has been in Metropolitan Perth or the Peel region of Western Australia on or since January 25 are required to enter quarantine.

Anyone who only visited the south-west region of Western Australia and is now in quarantine will be able to leave quarantine from February 6.

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