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Queensland Health issues COVID exposure alert for Cairns airport

A public health alert has been issued after new Queensland COVID exposure sites were confirmed on Monday.

The alert relates to passengers who flew from Sydney to Cairns on flight JQ950 and accessed locations within Cairns Domestic Airport on November 3.

All passengers on the flight from 6.25am and 8.20am, who were in rows 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are considered close contacts.

Anyone in these rows must immediately get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

All other passengers on the flight are considered casual contacts and must immediately get tested and quarantine until a negative result is received.

Anyone who was at Gate 17 at Cairns Domestic Airport on that date between 8.20am and 9.30am is considered a low-risk contact.

File image of a Jetstar plane. Credit: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Anyone who was at Luggage Carousel #1 between 9.25am and 9.35am is also considered a low-risk contact.

Low-risk contacts must get tested for COVID-19, but do not need to quarantine until a negative result is received.

Queensland Health urges low-risk contacts to monitor for symptoms, get tested and self-isolate if symptoms develop.

“This is a timely reminder for all Queenslanders to regularly monitor the list of exposure venues on the Queensland Health website and follow the public health advice, as there may be more locations,” Queensland Health said on Monday.

Border to reopen

The Queensland border will open to interstate COVID-19 hotspots several days early as health authorities prepare for an influx of travellers from next Monday.

The reopening date had been slated for December 17, but it has been brought forward to 1am on December 13 to align with projections of when the state will reach a vaccination rate of 80 per cent.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state was predicted to reach the 80 per cent double-dose target this week, and the December 13 date was chosen to “provide everyone with certainty”.

Fully vaccinated travellers from COVID hotspots will be able to enter Queensland from next Monday. Credit: AAP

“This is going to be a very, very special time of the year,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Monday.

“I know people have said to me personally, some of them haven’t seen their grandkids for the first time.”

At least 87.37 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have received one jab and 78.67 per cent are fully vaccinated.

To enter Queensland once the border opens, travellers from COVID-19 hotspots must be fully vaccinated and show proof of a negative test taken within three days of their arrival.

Those coming from domestic hotspots must also get another COVID-19 test on day five of their arrival, but only have to wait one week from when they receive their second vaccination dose before entering the state.

– with AAP

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