What we learned Thursday 14 January 2021
Organisers of the Invasion Day rally in Melbourne have told participants to wear a mask at all times and stay in groups of no more than 100, 10 metres apart, to comply with Covid-safe rules.
Details of the march have just been announced. It will begin at 10.30am at Parliament House in Spring Street on 26 January and march to Federation Square.
Anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms has been told to stay at home and participate in the protest online.
As well as wearing a mask, participants are told to bring hand sanitiser to use “frequently” throughout.
They also said:
You must organise in groups of 100 and each group of 100 must stay 10 metres apart as directed by the marshals on the day.
Everyone must follow the directions of the marshals on the day who will implement the Covid safety plan.
Air conditioning has been raised as a possible cause of transmission in the Queensland Grand Chancellor Covid-19 cluster, prompting more questions about the safety of using hotels to quarantine returning travellers.
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the air conditioning would be one aspect examined as part of a major investigation into how four travellers, who were all staying on the same floor, a hotel cleaner and her partner became infected.
How did it get transmitted? Was it in the air conditioning? Was it movement? Was it picking up something? We just don’t know those answers yet. The investigation will go through that and we don’t know enough about this particular strain of the virus either, so we are dealing with something that is incredibly complex.
Health authorities are particularly concerned because those infected have the B117 variant of the virus, which was first identified in the UK and is highly transmissible.
Outbreaks in the community linked to hotel quarantine have now occurred in several states including Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria, where more than 20,000 cases and 800 deaths have been reported throughout the pandemic.
Hotel quarantine was “of national concern, not just to Queensland, but everywhere else” Palaszczuk said. In the meantime, the Grand Chancellor has been closed and more than 120 people staying there have been moved to other accommodation to restart quarantine.
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What we’ve learned so far today
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