COVID-19 Update: Queensland scraps PCR tests for interstate travellers

Rapid antigen tests are available in supermarkets and pharmacies across Australia. Source: AAP/Lukas Coch

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 29 December 2021.

  • Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced Queensland will scrap mandatory PCR tests for entry into the state in favour of rapid antigen testing from January 1.

  • The National Cabinet will urgently convene on Thursday to discuss COVID-19 testing requirements around the country in the lead up to New Year’s celebrations.

  • NSW case numbers have almost doubled in 24 hours with 11,201 cases reported.

  • Victorians will receive free rapid antigen tests from January as Victoria records its highest case tally to date.

  • Victorian border towns sell out of rapid antigen tests following changes to South Australia entry requirements.

  • ACT Health has downgraded the risk assessment of several exposure sites as tracing and testing resources buckle under strain.

  • In the US health officials have halved the isolation time for people with asymptomatic COVID-19 from 10 to five days to assist with staff shortages.

COVID-19 Stats:

New South Wales has recorded 11,201 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths, while Victoria has reported 3,767 new infections and five deaths.

Queensland has recorded 1,589 community cases, with South Australia recording 1,471 and the ACT 252 cases.

Tasmania has recorded 55 new COVID-19 cases.

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Quarantine and restrictions state by state:

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Information for international travellers and Covid-19 and travel information in language

Financial help

There are changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment once states reach 70 and 80 per cent fully vaccinated:  Getting help during Covid-19 from Services Australia in language

Visit the translated resources published by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service:

COVID-19 Vaccination Glossary
Appointment Reminder Tool.

Testing clinics in each state and territory:

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Northern Territory

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