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Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young is speaking now:
Now, I am very confident that we have found the close contacts of both the cleaner and her partner and because we had those three days that people weren’t leaving their home and people followed those instructions brilliantly, then I have very little concern that that spread in the community …
So far we haven’t had any positives which is good, but we all have to remember that 14-day incubation period. So those people do need to stay in isolation for the full 14 days from when they potentially had contact with someone with the virus. So that’s all working very, very well.
This is a virus, a very, very contagious virus and I absolutely want to thank the cleaner for all the help she’s provided and she’s continuing to provide. That is critical. Remembering she’s infected with it, so she is unwell, so she is providing us all of that assistance while she’ll also be concerned. So thank you.
Palaszczuk has been pretty worried about hotel quarantine systems in Australia, especially now that the highly contagious UK variant is out and about.
Yesterday she was speaking vaguely about talking to national cabinet about big changes to the program, but this morning she had gone into greater detail:
We are going to look at all options and one of those options is to look at some of the mining camps that we have in Queensland. Now, for a start, some of these mining camps are four-star. They are of a very good quality high standard.
My understanding is some of them have – most of them – the ones we’re looking at have balconies, so there’s a lot of fresh air for guests and also, too, there’s the capacity for all of the staff and the cleaners and everyone to also be based on those sites as well.