“We’re contacting them. We’re testing them. They’ll – some will need to isolate, some will simply need to get a negative test,” Mr Andrews said.
“There’s a specific window where we believe there’s some chance that because of the infections already recorded in hotel quarantine, between staff and residents, and it is that UK strain, without any other link, circumstances are very much based on each person’s travel movements and when they were in hotel quarantine.
“So, I can’t tell – it’s not a blanket thing for all 18. It will depend on their individual circumstances.”
The Premier said Queensland had experienced “significant” issues in their hotel quarantine arrangements, including complications arising from the emergence of a UK strain in Australia.
Mr Andrews said the government was already in contact with the people at risk.
“We are well and truly in contact with them and we’ll provide them with tailored and specific advice about what they need to do,” Mr Andrews said.
“We thank them in advance for the co-operation they will no doubt provide to us, and their close contacts, people they have returned home to, in these last few days.”