Politicians Pressure Queensland Over PCR Tests Rules for Border Crossingon November 23, 2021 at 1:35 am

Australian federal and state politicians have put pressure on the Queensland state government to reconsider its new PCR test rules for domestic travellers wishing to enter the state once domestic borders reopen. Until 90 percent of Queenslanders are double vaccinated—which is expected in January 2022—the state has declared that travellers from all interstate hotspots must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt wrote to Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath to express his concern that the move took a different approach than what was already agreed to by all first ministers in the national cabinet. He was also concerned that Queensland’s definition of a hotspot has differed from the nationally-agreed definition and that Queensland was not accepting rapid antigen tests (RAT) for interstate visitors nor providing free PCR tests for Queensland residents returning home. “RAT offers significant advantages in cost, speed, and convenience, and I …

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