Some Australian States Relax Border Curbs As Infections Ease, Hotspot Cases Rise

Daniel Fowler
September 24, 2020

As of Tuesday afternoon, there had been 26,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, and the number of new cases in the last 24 hours is 33.

Gladys Berejiklian was confused by the wording of Queensland's pledge.

Police check cars at the Queensland border with NSW at Stuart Street at Coolangatta.

NSW (Sydney Harbour pictured) has gone two weeks without recording a coronavirus infection with no known source.

NSW recorded six new cases, all of whom were returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

It marks the second day in a row of no community transmission. The last time NSW had consecutive days without community transmission was 3-5 July.

"We are coming into the critical school holiday and Christmas period and we need borders open and Australians travelling around the country again", he said.

'I hope the Queensland government takes that final step in in getting rid of the border because the evidence is certainly indicating that it can.

"I'm not sure what the definition is but I know that either way, it's a very hard benchmark", she said.

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"We need to wait a little longer before we can make any definitive call around declining numbers", she told reporters in Canberra.

"A lot of our members who have got work down there (in northern NSW) and haven't been able to get there are going to be very happy", he said.

"While hotels, motels and properties in numerous regional areas have benefited from intrastate travel, moving to a more normal situation where interstate travel is possible is important especially for our metropolitan hotels and motels who have been badly impacted by the COVID-19 travel restrictions", Long said.

Ms Palaszczuk said those 152,000 NSW residents will be able to travel freely in Queensland and residents of her state will also be able to travel in far northern NSW.

"The Prime Minister does not like our strong border protections, but they have kept Queenslanders safe", he said.

"It's been very bad we can't wait for them to be open again to go further north because right now we are kind of stuck in northern NSW and can't wait to go to Queensland", Mr Obisenko said.

Darling Downs police will be required to do more overtime to plug a staffing shortfall when the Australian Defence Force mission at the Queensland border checkpoints ends on in late September.

"So that means people from NSW wanting to come into South Australia from Thursday onwards will be able to do that without doing the 14 days of self-isolation".

An additional 41 postcodes along the NSW-Queensland border, as well as several communities further down the cast, will be included, meaning residents can travel to Queensland without an exemption.

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