Australia live news: Queensland orders hundreds to restart quarantine over fears of UK Covid variant

Annastacia Palaszczuk calls for hotel quarantine rethink after cluster discovered; NSW records one new community case. Follow all the latest news and information, liveState by state restrictions explained
Covid hotspots Victoria; NSW hotspots; Queensland hotspotsNSW and Sydney trend map: where cases are rising or fallingFollow the global coronavirus live blog 12.22am GMT So while the Mount Druitt Hospital case has been genomically linked to the Berala cluster, we still don’t know exactly how that man is linked to the other infected people. Chant was asked if this means there might be undetected infected people still out in the community. If we cannot readily link a case with a direct crossover with an infectious case it means we are potentially missing chains of transmission. That is why at the moment we are doing a lot of what we call “upstream”, contact tracing and that’s looking at what could have infected this person. That gives us other lines of inquiry where we might find a crossover to that person to other cases of known contacts. Overnight, we’ve also had a detection at the West Hornsby Treatment Plant and this catchment takes in Glen Nori, Pen innocent Hills, castle Hill, Hornsby and Norman Hurst and West Pennant Hills. We are aware of some cases in that catchment but as a precaution we again draw this to the attention of the community and ask you to again reflect on if you have the most minimal of symptoms, please just get a test as we go through this very critical response. 12.16am GMT Berejiklian says she expects the UK variant of Covid-19 to become dominant in Australia’s (rather sparse) cases. I just think we need to assume that these variant strains are going to become the dominant strain and whilst we have outstanding quarantine systems in Australia throughout most of the states, we can’t be assured that that strain won’t seep out into the community. That’s why I strongly welcome the pause that we’ll be taking in the number of people we’re welcoming back home from the next month. So from January 15 to February 15, New South Wales will be halving the number of people that come down. Continue reading…

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