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Queensland pauses arrivals from interstate hotspots

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People relocating or returning from Victoria, the ACT and NSW will no longer be allowed in, to ease pressure on hotel quarantine.

Queensland will pause hotel quarantine arrivals from interstate hotspots for two weeks to ease pressure on the system.

The pause applies to arrivals from Victoria, the ACT and NSW.

The announcement comes as Queensland has recorded no new cases of COVID-19.

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A woman undergoing hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast has breached her isolation conditions after receiving a packet of cigarettes delivered via a flying drone.

Two other cases, both truck drivers who were reported yesterday as being under investigation, have been reclassified as negative cases.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was pleased with the numbers.

"It's a double doughnut day," she said.

The premier said the changes to hotel quarantine would "ease the pressure" on the system.

"We simply do not have the room at the moment," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Exceptions apply to people visiting for compassionate reasons such as bereavement and medical procedures.

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Health Minister Yvette D'Ath about 85 per cent of people who came to Queensland under right of entry passes were relocating.

Anyone who is not on a flight at midday today will not be able to arrive on a right of entry pass.

Ms D'Ath said these people will need to reapply for their passes and they will be allocated a time period for their arrival.

"This will help us manage room capacity," she said.

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Ms Palaszczuk said the idea of a two-week hotel quarantine pause was put to her by police and health authorities.

"We're helping the Commonwealth at the moment too in terms of the relocation of people from Afghanistan," she said.

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"We're getting calls about needing extra capacity to cope with that.

"So we're just being stretched to the limit."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-queensland-update-hotel-quarantine-paused-for-two-weeks-no-new-cases/3b7410db-9c17-4944-b0e4-089582e33a8f

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