World News – AU – Opposition is calling for details on Queensland quarantine exemptions


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The Queensland opposition has called for the publication of medical advice used to assess hotel quarantine exemptions as state government cracks down on international travelers to obtain home quarantine approval.

This follows revelations from right to information documents published to the Brisbane Times of apparent misunderstandings between police and Queensland Health about who was responsible for the Dannii Minogue’s compliance audits during their self-quarantine on the Gold Coast in July.

Dannii Minogue returned to Australia in July before filming The Masked Singer in Melbourne. Credit: Network Ten

Minogue, suffering from claustrophobia, filed the application through a third party overseeing the process and provided a detailed application at Minogue’s expense that covered topics such as private safety and regular COVID-19 testing.

But on Tuesday, Jeannette Young, chief health officer, said international travelers are now likely to be banned from quarantining at home as the number of COVID-19 cases increases internationally and more returning travelers test positive in quarantine.

« My professional advice is that we cannot allow people to be quarantined anywhere other than hotel quarantine or hospital. The risk to the Queensland community is too great, « she said.

As of June, Queensland Health has 34. 774 exemption requests for interstate travelers entering Queensland, visiting a dying relative, or for other reasons.

Only 104 of these were approved, the majority for interstate arrivals with complex medical needs, a Queensland Health spokesman said Wednesday.

Only one international traveler has been to. November granted an exemption which, according to the spokesman, had been granted two months earlier and « would not have been approved under the current circumstances ». .

Opposition health spokeswoman Ros Bates said Queenslanders were « rightfully insane » when exemptions were granted to sports codes and animators to enter the state under varying quarantine conditions.

Ms. Bates said the LNP has « consistently said that medical advice should be made public so that everyone can better understand why these decisions are being made ». .

« Labor’s priorities were to put celebrities first, while Queenslanders who had undergone major surgery were placed in hotel quarantine to recover, » she said.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said that all exceptions are « a matter for the CHO and its exception team ». .

« The Chief Health Officer has published their medical advice and was questioned publicly more than 100 times at media conferences in 2020. The CHO was always available to answer all of the questions asked. « 

The RTI documents also exposed an apparent misunderstanding between police and health departments over Minogue’s private quarantine agreements.

A police detective superintendent of the task force that manages COVID-19 compliance posted on Jan.. July emailed the State Health Emergency Coordination Center asking who was responsible for verifying Minogue.

« That responsibility traditionally rests with the Sierra Linnet Task Force, where people in the community are in self-quarantine. However, we are currently not aware of the agreements between Q-Health and Ms. Minogue, « the email said.

Police Secretary Mark Ryan said he had not commented on individual cases, but the Queensland quarantine system was « the best in the world ». .

« There are obviously lawsuits going back and forth between the Queensland Police and Queensland Health, » he said.

« Let’s look at the system we had, the system we still have today – save lives, protect ourselves, reopen our economies, and enjoy the freedoms we’ll enjoy tonight. « 

Lucy is the urban affairs reporter for the Brisbane Times, with a particular interest in Brisbane City Council.

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