All eyes will be on Queensland authorities today after two flights of people were forced to quarantine because of one positive Covid case.

All eyes will be on Queensland government officials at Wednesday morning’s Covid presser after widespread mockery of a decision to force two planes of passengers into quarantine for Christmas.

Just two days after the Sunshine State opened its borders, dozens of flight passengers aboard at least two Virgin flights to Brisbane and Townsville have been asked to isolate after being deemed close contacts of someone with the virus.

It is believed the case is a passenger from Newcastle, which is at the centre of a mass nightclub cluster linked to the Omicron strain.

Passengers on VA1105 from Newcastle to Brisbane and VA375 from Brisbane to Townsville have been asked to isolate for 14 days – with tourists forced into hotel quarantine – regardless of negative results or their vaccination status.

The decision has been widely derided and a source of anxiety for anyone looking to fly into the state for the summer, with visitors now facing two weeks of quarantine if a single person on their flight is positive.

“Flights have been going between NSW and Vic for months – has there been a single superspreader event on a flight relating to a Covid case?” ABC’s 7.30 host Leigh Sales wrote on Twitter.

“What is the basis of Qld locking up planeloads of vaxed people for Christmas without warning or precedent?”

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath and new chief health officer John Gerrard are due to front the media at 10am QST.

The Queensland government’s strict border and quarantine rules have kept case numbers and deaths low but have also been pilloried for being unnecessarily strict.

Authorities had long been warning people to expect a tide of cases to accompany the reopening of borders on Monday.

There are also nine new exposure sites in Goondiwindi as well as new sites in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

A man with the Omicron variant was confirmed on Tuesday as one of the four new cases to arrive in quarantine.

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