Queensland Health Minister apologises for PCR testing debacle

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath has apologised for the PCR testing debacle that created confusion for people crossing the border.

The Queensland government has been criticised for requiring people entering the state to take a PCR test for COVID-19.

For several days it was believed people would have to pay for the tests themselves, at a cost of up to $150.

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Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'ath.

"I'm happy to apologise," she said.

"There was a lot of confusion around this."

Ms D'Ath complained about the way federal government leaders dealt with the issue of PCR testing.

"It was Scott Morrison who came and swinging, and didn't clarify, just criticised," she said.

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

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She said the first she heard of a letter federal Health Minister Greg Hunt sent her was when he announced it to the media.

She said she hasn't spoken to Mr Hunt for three or four weeks.

Speaking to reporters today, Ms D'Ath expressed her exasperation at repeated questions over the issue.

"It was the media asking why people are paying $150 and there were no examples being given," she said.

"We have answered this every day. I've just given you an apology. We have provided clarity. The Commonwealth provided clarity. Now let's get people vaccinated."

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

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Premature birth

D'Ath said a COVID-positive woman who gave birth to a premature baby was not "taken straight back" to a quarantine hotel.

The woman spent a couple of days in hospital before she was sent back to the hotel, she said.

"This was a collective decision," she said.

"I believe that that was her decision because it was a more comfortable environment."

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

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

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