Queensland to close borders to all of NSW, ACT from Saturday

Grant Boone
August 5, 2020

Queensland will close its border to the ACT and NSW from 1:00 am Saturday morning less than a month after they were reopened.

Queensland has taken the hard decision of reclosing its borders to all of New South Wales, announcing the move this morning.

"In that time, there have been more than 10,000 new cases in Victoria and more than 600 new cases in NSW".

The ban comes as the state recorded one new coronavirus case in the Ipswich region.

"While we have only detected five cases from the Melbourne-Logan cluster, we believe there may be more people unknowingly infected who are yet to show symptoms or be tested", she said.

The border's new closure comes after the state closed a loophole allowing diplomats and consular officials to be exempt from hotel quarantine in Queensland.

"I will not risk the safety of Queenslanders and I will not risk our economy".

"That's 35 days of unrestricted access to Queensland from people who have been in hot spots in Victoria and NSW", he said.

"We can not risk a second wave".

The trio remain in hotel quarantine in Brisbane.

"We have seen that Victoria is not getting better, and we're not going to wait for NSW to get worse".

"In this particular case we provided Queensland Health with the manifest for that flight shortly after it was requested".

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Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory all shut their borders to the southern states last month to prevent cases coming in.

"This is not the normal auditing that we do but also followed up with home visits", she said.

"And today is the day that we say we are putting Queenslanders first", the Premier announced this morning.

"That individual did everything they should have done and the whole system did what it should do".

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Monday took aim at the exemptions and promised to raise the issue with other leaders at National Cabinet on Friday.

"We are going to have to be vigilant for another two to three weeks before we're really sure, but the most important time is the next seven days or so".

Other states are imposing new restrictions of their own to prevent any spillover form Victoria and an even bigger hit to the national economy, which has plunged into its first recession in almost three decades.

However, there were no new cases on Tuesday as the state battles to avoid an outbreak after three women - Diana Lasu, 21, Olivia Winnie Muranga, 19, and Haja Timbo, 21 - allegedly lied to authorities to get back into Queensland from Victoria, bringing the virus with them.

"We've contact-traced thousands of Queenslanders".

"We have seen people go to great lengths to avoid our border lockdown".

In Australia, two people have been charged and one is under investigation for allegedly giving false information at the Queensland border, as the state prepares to shut the door to millions more Australians. "People in Cairns, Townsville, Gympie - police have now served more than a dozen notices to appear in court", the Deputy Premier said.

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