Queensland Health Minister apologizes for PCR test debacle

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has apologized PCR test debacle it created confusion for people crossing the border.
The Queensland government has been criticized for requiring people entering the state to take one PCR test for COVID-19.

For several days it was thought that people would pay for the tests themselves at a price of up to $ 150.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'ath.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has apologized for the PCR test debacle. (9 news)

“I’m sorry to apologize,” she said.

“There was a lot of confusion around this.”

Mrs D’Ath complained about the way federal heads of government handled the issue of PCR testing.

“It was Scott Morrison who came and swung, and who did not specify, just criticized,” she said.

“And so did Josh Frydenberg and a number of other members.”

Queensland Police stop vehicles on the border with NSW.
People must pass a PCR test to enter Queensland. (Getty)

She said the first thing she heard about a letter Federal Health Secretary Greg Hunt sent her was when he announced it to the media.

She said she has not spoken to Mr Hunt in three or four weeks.

Speaking to reporters today, Mrs D’Ath expressed her irritation over repeated questions about the issue.

“It was the media that asked why people pay $ 150, and there were no examples,” she said.

“We have the answer to this every day. I have just given you an apology. We have given clarity. The Commonwealth has given clarity. Let’s now get people vaccinated.”

No new cases have been reported in Queensland in the last 24 hours.

D’Ath said a COVID-positive woman who gave birth to a premature baby was not “taken directly back” to a quarantine hotel.

The woman spent a few days in the hospital before being sent back to the hotel, she said.

“This was a collective decision,” she said.

“I think it was her decision because it was a more comfortable environment.”

The Canadian woman gave birth one day after arriving in Brisbane.

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No new cases have been reported in Queensland in the last 24 hours.

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