Australia’s Federal Health Department is inconsistent with the State Health Minister, who said the state would not halve quarantine in seven days until federal guidelines were changed.
From 1 November, the states and territories began to lift COVID-19 restrictions on international and domestic travel in line with national plans.
However, Queensland instead chose to follow its own plans to maintain some restrictions longer based on vaccination rates, but other states withdrew them.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the state roadmap could change in response to changes in the Australian Health Protection Commission (AHPPC) guidelines.
“Of course, we will continue to advise.” Das Said this week.
“If things change, the advice I get from a medical professional is that I can quarantine in a shorter period of time, or if I have a close relationship and I don’t need to put so many people in quarantine, I We give that advice. However, at this stage we are testing trace isolation and isolation. “
Meanwhile, New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria have abolished quarantine for international arrivals, but the situation is that Queensland has little virus epidemic, while Darth has a high virus epidemic rate. States different.
“In fact, there are more than 1,500 cases every day, and it’s a little easier to say,’This virus has already spread throughout the community, so it’s okay for people abroad to get infected with the virus.'” She told reporters on Monday.
However, a Federal Health Department spokesman told 9News that Queensland does not require AHPPC approval.
“The Queensland Government cannot move to a modified or quarantine arrangement, as other states and territories have already done … [and] No AHPPC consent is required, “said a spokesman.
New South Wales and Victoria withdrew quarantine for fully vaccinated international arrivals as they reached the 80% vaccination threshold, while Queensland withdrew when it reached 90%. Only quarantine.
D’Ath said there are many reasons for this, including the possibility of new viral variants emerging abroad and the possibility that vaccines produced abroad may not be as effective as vaccines produced locally. rice field.
She also does not reduce forced quarantine from 14 to 7 days, despite other states, including South Australia.
Queensland’s interstate border remains closed until December 17. However, international arrivals will still need to be quarantined until the state reaches the 90% immunization milestone.
International arrivals in New South Wales and Victoria must prove that they have received the vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Department and pass the COVID-19 PCR test before boarding the flight.
Currently, only Australian citizens, permanent residents, their close relatives, some New Zealanders, and those with the appropriate visa are allowed to fly from abroad to Australia.