Hours-Long Lines at Brisbane Hospital After Authorities Urge Tests for Travelers from Victoria

Hours-long lines formed outside COVID-19 testing centers in Queensland on Saturday, January 2, after authorities asked anyone who had been in Victoria since December 21 to get tested for the virus.

Tweeting from the line at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, journalist Rebeka Powell said people were “growing very irritable” at the prospect of being sent home without being tested.

Queensland Health said on Sunday, January 3, that anyone who had been in Victoria since December 21 would be “restricted from entering vulnerable facilities, including aged care facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation and correctional facilities.”

This sped-up footage shows the long line at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital testing center. Credit: Sim Robin via Storyful