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Health Minister defends release of coronavirus-infected woman from hotel quarantine

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The last flight carrying passengers from Brisbane has landed in Melbourne before Victoria introduced new travel restrictions.

Victoria's Health Minister has defended the release of a woman from hotel quarantine after 10 days when she had tested positive to the very contagious new strain of coronavirus.

It's been confirmed today a UK arrival travelled from Melbourne to Brisbane with a highly-contagious international strain of coronavirus after going into hotel quarantine.

"As our friends from Queensland have pointed out, that was totally in line with Australian and international protocols," Health Minister Martin Foley said.

"We want to make sure we take every step to make sure that we are as cautious as possible is the nature of this virus evolves, that our response evolves."

An airport gate where flights from Brisbane are expected to arrive in Melbourne.

But Health Minister Martin Foley noted the hotel quarantine protocols have now changed.

The woman tested positive for coronavirus on day one of her hotel quarantine, but released after ten days.

Mr Foley said she had been released after showing no signs of symptoms for more than three days, in line with the protocol.

Those rules have now changed.

An alert has been issud for passengers of Jetstar flight JQ570.

The infected woman flew into Brisbane at 11pm on January 5 after arriving from the UK to Melbourne on Boxing Day.

This comes as the state recorded zero cases of locally acquired COVID-19 and one case in hotel quarantine overnight.

Border shut to Brisbane

Travellers from Greater Brisbane will no longer be able to visit Victoria without a valid exemption under new coronavirus travel restrictions introduced at midnight last night.

Anyone from Greater Brisbane is no longer allowed to enter the state after the areas was declared a red zone yesterday.

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuka has issued a severe three-day shutdown in response to a hotel quarantine cleaner contracting the new virulent UK strain.

"Obviously if you're from Victoria and you're in Brisbane the rules that apply in Brisbane apply to you," Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said.

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The state's DHHS updated its travel advice last night in a Tweet at a 11.15pm before restrictions were introduced at midnight.

Travellers are now required to have a valid exemption to enter the state and anyone hoping to cross the border from a designated red zone must quarantine for 14 days.

There are 19 flights due from Brisbane in Melbourne today, three of them have already been cancelled.

Victorians are also being told to reconsider their travel plans with anyone planning to visit Queensland urged to postpone their trip.

Victorian authorities warned people travelling interstate they should consider the fast changes in border restrictions which may prevent them being able to return if the COVID-19 situation worsens.

Anyone who arrived from Greater Brisbane from January 2 and the midnight deadline last night will receive a text message, you will need to get test and self-isolate.

Source: 9News

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