23 COVID-19 cases from India detected in Qld hotel quarantine this year25th April 2021
A total of 23 cases of COVID-19 entering Queensland from India have been detected in hotel quarantine since January 1.
One of those cases was among two new COVID-19 infections reported in the state on Sunday.
The man had recently travelled from the COVID-racked nation, while the second case had flown in from Thailand.
It was not yet known whether the man was carrying the B.1.617 strain, which was first detected in India late last year. International health authorities were investigating whether the strain spread more easily or was less affected by vaccines.
The escalating COVID-19 crisis in India, where more than 300,000 new cases were being reported daily, prompted Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday to reduce flights from that country by 30 per cent.
“What we have agreed to do, and this particularly relates to the chartered services we’re running into the Northern Territory, we will be reducing by some 30 per cent the numbers coming through our chartered services in the months ahead,” he said.
“We will also be limiting the departure exceptions for Australians travelling to high-risk countries … to India.”
On Friday Queensland Health reported that four cases of the “double mutant” strain of COVID-19, where two strains merge together, had been detected since the beginning of the month.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk wrote to Mr Morrison on Friday night asking him to suspend flights to India and deny entry to people who had travelled there in the past 14 days.