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Queensland aligns quarantine rules with NSW, Victoria

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Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles says household COVID-19 contacts won't need to quarantine. Photo: AAP
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Queensland will ease COVID-19 quarantine rules for household contacts and scrap it completely for unvaccinated international arrivals next week.

Acting Premier Steven Miles says the changes, which will bring Queensland’s rules into line with NSW and Victoria, will come into effect at 6pm next Thursday.

“It’s another milestone in our pathway out of COVID-19,” Mr Miles told reporters on Friday.

Household contacts won’t need to quarantine at home for seven days, but they must return a negative rapid antigen test every two days.

They must also wear face masks indoors, and outdoors when they can’t socially distance.

Household contacts should still work from home where possible and avoid high-risk settings such as hospitals and aged care homes.

They will also have to tell their employers they are a close contact, and avoid high-risk environments like hospitals and aged care settings.

The government will also ditch mandatory quarantine for unvaccinated travellers arriving from overseas, but they will still need to test negative.

Queensland recorded five COVID-19 deaths and 8080 new cases on Friday.

There are 528 patients being treated for COVID-19 in hospital and another 18 in intensive care.

The latest figures show that 93.59 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had one dose of a vaccine, while 92 per cent have had two.