Australia’s Chief Health Officers back Queensland border rule

Australia's state and territory chief health officers have backed Queensland's strict trigger for relaxing hot spot restrictions.

In a letter sent to all premiers and chief ministers, seen by Brisbane Times, the nation's health panel has outlined its proposed definition for a COVID-19 hotspot ahead of national cabinet on Friday.

Queensland’s border remains closed to NSW and Victoria. Credit:Paul Harris

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, a panel made up of all state and territory chief health officers and chaired by the national Chief Medical Officer, will have the power to declare hot spots.

However a declaration of a "community transmission zone" would not trigger or preclude specific actions for state and territories to take.

"A COVID-free zone is an area that has no locally acquired cases that pose a risk to the community in the previous 28 days," the committee wrote in the letter.

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