Australia’s Chief Health Officers back Queensland border rule

Australia’s Chief Health Officers back Queensland border rule

September 16, 2020

Australia's state and territory chief health officers have backed Queensland's strict trigger for relaxing hot spot restrictions.

In a letter sent to all premiers and chief ministers, seen by Brisbane Times, the nation's health panel has outlined its proposed definition for a COVID-19 hotspot ahead of national cabinet on Friday.

Queensland’s border remains closed to NSW and Victoria. Credit:Paul Harris

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, a panel made up of all state and territory chief health officers and chaired by the national Chief Medical Officer, will have the power to declare hot spots.

However a declaration of a "community transmission zone" would not trigger or preclude specific actions for state and territories to take.

"A COVID-free zone is an area that has no locally acquired cases that pose a risk to the community in the previous 28 days," the committee wrote in the letter.

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