WA suspends planned quarantine-free travel bubble with Queensland

WA suspends planned quarantine-free travel bubble with Queensland

The proposed quarantine-free travel bubble between Queensland and Western Australia has been suspended following news of a rideshare driver testing positive on the Gold Coast today.

WA Premier Mark McGowan announced the proposed travel bubble earlier this week as Queensland enjoyed 19 days without a community transmission. The bubble was set to go from midnight tonight.

However, Queensland’s COVID-free record was shattered today with the announcement that a man in his 30s tested positive after a trip to Melbourne on 10 October and that he was infectious in the community for 10 days. The Gold Coast resident, who has been admitted to hospital suffering COVID symptoms, is a registered Uber driver but it is understood he has not been active on the ride-sharing platform for some time. 

The problem has been exacerbated by the man’s health status with health authorities revealing he is having trouble breathing and remembering events of the past two weeks. The man is also believed to have not used the QR check-in app to assist the authorities with contact tracing since 18 September.

The WA Government says that, based on the latest health advice, Queensland will remain classified as a 'low risk' jurisdiction, which is elevated from 'very low risk' previously.

However, the planned travel bubble is on hold until Monday, October 25, when the decision will be reviewed. The bubble would have Queenslanders to enter WA without having to self-quarantine for two-weeks.

"It appears the case in Queensland has authorities very concerned and as such we won't be taking any unnecessary risks,” says McGowan.

"The Chief Health Officer has advised we need to keep Queensland as a 'low risk' jurisdiction for the coming days pending a review on Monday.

"WA's controlled border arrangements enable us to keep WA safe and adjust accordingly to further protect WA.

"The border controls are in place based on health advice and I won't hesitate to make any further adjustments if we need to strengthen them further.”

McGowan urged West Australians to get vaccinated as the best protection for themselves and others. Western Australia has the lowest fully vaccinated rate of any state or territory in Australia.

"It's these instances that serve as a reminder that we need to get vaccinated,” says WA Health Minister Roger Cook.

“We need to keep up personal hygiene, check-in where we go for the purposes of contact-tracing, and follow the health advice."

For now, anyone entering WA from Queensland will need to continue to meet the G2G Pass travel requirements, including undertaking 14 days of self-quarantine.

 

 

Help us deliver quality journalism to you.
As a free and independent news site providing daily updates
during a period of unprecedented challenges for businesses everywhere
we call on your support

The cost of not communicating: How Whispir’s tailored messaging tech lifts engagement
Partner Content
While it is common for businesses to haggle with suppliers over small price differences...
Advertisement

Related Stories

Audit uncovers multiple failures in Federal Government’s $484m Entrepreneurs’ Programme

Audit uncovers multiple failures in Federal Government’s $484m Entrepreneurs’ Programme

A review of the Australian Government’s $484.2 million Entrep...

Blackstone completes $8.9b takeover of Crown, its “largest investment to date in Asia”

Blackstone completes $8.9b takeover of Crown, its “largest investment to date in Asia”

The long-awaited and heavily-scrutinised takeover of casino and hot...

Administrators proffer alternative to liquidation for Probuild parent

Administrators proffer alternative to liquidation for Probuild parent

A Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA) is the preferred way forward f...

Twiggy Forrest-backed intercontinental solar power project deemed ‘investment ready’

Twiggy Forrest-backed intercontinental solar power project deemed ‘investment ready’

The Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink) project backed by the li...