Queensland declares all of NSW a hotspot, closes border again

Queensland has decided to close its borders to all residents of NSW and the ACT.

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Queensland will close its border to all of NSW and the ACT from 1am Saturday 8 August after the state’s chief health officer declared them COVID-19 hotspots on Wednesday.

The border closure will be in place until at least the end of August when it will be reviewed by the Queensland health team.

According to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, only residents of border communities and essential workers, such as truck drivers, will be able to cross the border and exemption for compassionate reasons will be limited.

“We’re not going to wait for NSW to get worse, we need to act,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“In NSW we are continuing to see new cases hatch each day and this of great concern to Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Queensland reported one new COVID-19 case on Wednesday and still has the situation largely under control. On Wednesday, NSW reported on 12 new cases with the source of one infection unknown.

Meanwhile the situation in Victoria on Wednesday continued to report record figures with a record 15 deaths and 725 new cases.

Twelve of the 15 deaths in Victoria were linked to aged care and there are 1435 active cases in Victoria linked to aged care. One of the new deaths was a male in his 30s.

“Our chief health officer is declaring NSW and the ACT a hotspot,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “This will take immediate effect from Saturday 1am and this is the right thing to do.

“I know it is going to be tough on Queenslanders but your health comes first. We need to protect not only our health, we need to protect the families, we need to protect our economy.

“We’ve seen what’s happened in Victoria, we don’t want to see that happening here.

“Businesses have said to me, loudly and clearly, that they do not want to go backwards, they want to stay where they are and we need Queenslanders supporting Queenslanders.”

Ms Palaszczuk said it was also important that Queenslanders stayed in the state and didn’t travel to New South Wales or Victoria.

Any Queenslanders returning home from the southern states will be required to pay for 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine upon their return.

There will be no restrictions on people leaving Queensland to return home to NSW or the ACT.

Queensland health minister Steven Miles said it was important to also close the border to the ACT, even though the territory has no COVID-19 cases, as there had been evidence of people crossing into ACT from NSW and then flying into Queensland to get around the border restrictions with greater Sydney.

“It is clear that Australia is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 and we cannot afford to have that second wave here in Queensland,” Mr Miles said.

“There is also intelligence to suggest that some people are flying via the ACT in order to avoid our hotspots lockdown.

“Our economy has just started getting back on its feet,” he said. “We’ve eased restrictions, businesses are open again, people are back at work, we cannot afford to risk that progress.

“Here in Queensland we went 63 days with no community transmission, more than two months with no community transmission, but that all changed seven days ago.

“In that week we’ve had nine cases here in Queensland … those cases have placed an enormous burden on our health system.

“We have seen people go to great lengths to avoid our border lockdown. People have been dishonest … (tried) to deceive our police, people lying on their border passes.”

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    KSS
    5th Aug 2020
    4:09pm
    "In that week we’ve had nine cases here in Queensland … those cases have placed an enormous burden on our health system."

    If that is the case and the QLD health system is under enormous pressure with just 9 cases, no wonder they want to close the border again!
    Golden Oldie
    5th Aug 2020
    9:20pm
    It is not just the positive cases, but also searching for contacts.
    KSS
    6th Aug 2020
    8:11am
    And yet Golden Oldie, NSW are able to contact tracing at an exemplary level with a current daily level twice the QLD total! And given that almost ALL the current cases in NSW have been imported from Victoria as shown by the genetic testing also done on each case as well as contact tracing.

    I'd say QLD needs to lift their health services game if just 9 cases is an overburden of services.
    Farside
    6th Aug 2020
    10:48am
    Perth metro hospital emergency departments are also claiming to be at capacity with "ramping" at much higher levels than previous for this time of year. And this was after it could not cope with a fraction of the international arrivals diverted from Victoria.
    Bakka
    5th Aug 2020
    4:15pm
    The age of Self Entitlement and "I do what the hell I like when I like and I don't give a damm about anyone else" attitude... is finally having some consequences.
    Just a pity the rest of us have to suffer as well.. but of course...I should remember.. The Self Entitled don't give a sh..t
    Farside
    6th Aug 2020
    10:52am
    it seems the self-entitled are not the full reason for the lockdowns, they are ably assisted by a surprising number asserting ignorance and others believing it to be a government hoax and threat to their well-being.
    Horace Cope
    5th Aug 2020
    4:16pm
    I saw the full press conference and I thought that this is purely and simply an election broadcast for the upcoming state election. Her words were directed at voters in Queensland, not at those who live in other states. "I have listened to the people of Queensland"; “Businesses have said to me, loudly and clearly, that they do not want to go backwards, they want to stay where they are and we need Queenslanders supporting Queenslanders.” and laying the blame for closing borders on Victoria, NSW and the ACT.
    Eddy
    5th Aug 2020
    5:34pm
    Surely Horace the Premier of Queensland has to listen to the people of her state, they are her electorate. As for the upcoming election, if the Qld government did not act the Qld opposition would have made that inaction an election issue; they would be derelict if they did not. I do not discern any blame laying just a facing up to the harsh realities of the situation in which we all find ourselves.
    Sundays
    5th Aug 2020
    6:18pm
    I live in SE Qld and and everyone I’ve spoken to (friends, the hairdresser, the butcher, the plumber, the doctor, friends, relatives) is very happy with the Premiers decision even though most recognise the impact on tourism. We’ve all seen what can happen in Victoria and it’s frightening
    sainter
    5th Aug 2020
    7:00pm
    Don't forget Horace...NSW has closed it's border with Victoria also....an election campaign you've got to be joking mate.....is Marshall doing an election sale to in S.A. for a future election doubt it...if you haven't noticed Horace there's a pandemic going on.
    sainter
    5th Aug 2020
    7:00pm
    Don't forget Horace...NSW has closed it's border with Victoria also....an election campaign you've got to be joking mate.....is Marshall doing an election sale to in S.A. for a future election doubt it...if you haven't noticed Horace there's a pandemic going on.
    Farside
    6th Aug 2020
    10:55am
    agreed Horace, it did come across as an filip to the election. Hopefully she makes an effort to show it is in line with the CHO medical advice rather than kowtowing to the mob.
    Franky
    5th Aug 2020
    4:50pm
    No, I don't support another lockdown! As a business operator relying on tourism it's affecting 1000s of people up here, it's madness. Where has common sense gone? Is this about the election? We can't quarantine ourselves from this virus it will eventually be everywhere. As Trump has said correctly and many doctors since have confirmed this IS not a deadly virus like the authorities make it out to be, but simply another flu virus that kills the old and weak - They are the ones we should quarantine and protect and let life go on for everyone else.
    Thoughtful
    5th Aug 2020
    5:41pm
    Quoting death statistics from this virus is like quoting deaths from road accidents. What about those left maimed? And this can happen to young people as well. Probably the virus weakens everyone who contracts it and if immunity only lasts 3 months, watch out next time you contract it.
    Also, I fear for the number of health professionals who will contract this virus looking after the elderly.THIS IS NOT JUST AN OLD PERSON'S DISEASE!
    And I worry about people whose maths doesn't run to geometric progressions and therefore cannot understand the spread of this terrible virus.

    As for the Queensland premier - yes she is concerned about the coming election. Most Queenslander's in fact want the borders closed.
    Eddy
    5th Aug 2020
    5:42pm
    At the danger of being crude Franky, get your head out of your nether regions and face reality. Covid-19 ain't the 'flu, it is a highly contagious deadly virus affecting everyone and can be fatal to all ages. If Mr Trump is correct how come there are about 160k deaths (including young adults and children) in USA and climbing.
    If Mr Trump said today is Wednesday I would still consult a calendar to be sure, and when he mused about ingesting disinfectant I wondered about his intellect.
    80 plus
    5th Aug 2020
    6:05pm
    Poor old franky, I am sorry you are loosing money but it is preferable to me losing my life, as a 82 year old veteran I object to GREEDY BUSINESS OWNERS who feel that sacrificing the old and vulnerable so they can make a quick buck is acceptable, you and your kind are selfish parasites on the Australian nations body. Remember it is my generation that made this the lucky country for him to enjoy.
    Sundays
    5th Aug 2020
    6:27pm
    Frankie, which doctors have supported Trump and stated it is not a deadly virus. The doctors, I’ve seen interviewed from all over the world have said the opposite. I saw a Trump questioned about the number of deaths in the USA and his response was ‘it is what it is’. Is that your view too?
    Paddington
    5th Aug 2020
    6:50pm
    Using Trump as an authority says it all.
    Please cite the medical people who agree with you?
    KSS
    5th Aug 2020
    7:55pm
    Franky please explain the death of the 30 year old overnight in Melbourne if this i just a "flu that kills the old and weak". And for the record Mr Trump could not defend his take on the cornavirus any more than you can.
    jan
    6th Aug 2020
    10:57am
    Sorry to hear about your business franky, as time goes on the strategy of business changes. We now have online shopping, free delivery etc, this may be your only hope at the moment. People will be cutting their own hair soon. Look for new ideas as we have done in the pass. The world may decide we only live to 60yrs.
    Farside
    6th Aug 2020
    11:12am
    Franky's suggestion does not warrant the pile-on because he references Trump. It is actually not that different to Swedish approach so it would have been preferable to reference Sweden rather than USA. Sweden's reported covid toll is higher than it should have been because of counting methods and it was admittedly slow to protect the elderly, and yet Sweden presently experiences fewer weekly deaths than its five year average, while the virus is still spreading through the community. It will be interesting to see how this looks in 2022 when the hysteria and exaggeration fades.
    zoedog66
    5th Aug 2020
    4:52pm
    It stinks they have to pay for 14 days of hotel accommodation. Exceptional circumstances require exceptional behaviour from everyone, governments included.
    KSS
    5th Aug 2020
    7:56pm
    So if you must go to QLD then pay for your own quarrantine in these exceptional times. Just like Victorians will have to do in NSW.
    ozqueen
    5th Aug 2020
    5:12pm
    The border closure won't affect me at all but I'm offended that NSW has been blamed when the majority, if not all, the active cases are Queenslanders who have done the wrong thing. Calling the ACT a hotspot is also far fetched considering as of 9 this morning they had no active cases.
    The fact that most active cases in NSW are in selected suburbs - 239 in Sydney inner western suburbs, 8 in Newcastle region and the rest outer west of Sydney - is obviously not a factor. Nor is the fact that most Sydneysiders are obeying the isolation rule. Like all politicians she is thinking that the whole state is the capital city.
    Sundays
    5th Aug 2020
    6:21pm
    Unfortunately, people from hot spots have been flying via ACT to avoid detection
    Paddington
    5th Aug 2020
    6:57pm
    Again it is the people looking for loopholes who are at the root of this spread. How can we get what we want when we want it? Flying from the ACT was just another way to achieve their goal sadly.
    KSS
    5th Aug 2020
    7:58pm
    Ozqueen you left out the fact that with the exception of those in hotel quarrantine who are returnees to Australia, all the community cases in NSW can be genetically traced to Melbourne!
    JOHN T
    5th Aug 2020
    5:20pm
    What mushroom does this Frank person live under sure the elderly are at risk from this virus but a little known fact is the greatest age group at risk is 19 to 29- year -old females and males fro 2 - to -50- year- olds have also have died so do not think anyone is not affected by this virus and also if you do get the virus and survive you could still be permanently damaged
    This is quoted by Medical experts who have forgotten more then you know
    KSS
    5th Aug 2020
    8:01pm
    He also clearly has not heard about the heart damage COVID-19 does even to those with very mild symptoms or asymptomatic who are infected. Up to 78% of these poeple hace heart damage and it is not yet known whether this is permenant. Regardless, just consider the cost to the health budget down the track with all those at increasing risk of heart attacks, heart failure and myodardial inflamation.
    Buggsie
    5th Aug 2020
    5:38pm
    We are here because those in charge - the decision makers, our political masters - stuck their collective heads in the sandbox called our economy and refused to apply lessons learned from past pandemics such as the Spanish Flue. Immediate isolation of infected zones by ring fencing and total lockdowns, immediate quarantining of infected people, sanitising of infected areas and premises, enforced social distancing, the compulsory wearing of masks - these all work and are proven from past experiences, but are politically unacceptable to our masters as they effect "the economy". The long drawn out battle against Covid19 need never have occurred if appropriate medical experts had been listened to from the start. To quote the Bible - As ye sow so shall ye reap - and we sowed in our blissful ignorance and boy are we reaping our just rewards right now! Too little, too late.
    Thoughtful
    5th Aug 2020
    5:43pm
    Agree. We were doing well but opened up too soon. Idiots in Melbourne did not help the situation with the hotel quarantine fiasco.
    Senior without family
    5th Aug 2020
    6:31pm
    I am also in support of the borders being closed because I am over 75 and have a weakened immune system. Let's be true about this if the prime minister and Victoria had acted quicker and not argued about border closures then we might not have been in this mess. We all know the aged care system is just a money making system now but if less money were paid to admin throughout the system it might improve and care workers might get their just pay etc.
    How about some of these operators actually losingntheirnlicences.
    Paddington
    5th Aug 2020
    7:02pm
    Victoria never argued about border closures. NSW did with the Qld premier but that is all.
    We don’t care if Qld closes its borders as it makes sense to contain the virus and too many people push the boundaries and flout the rules. This is all on individual people who have to do their own thing no matter the cost to others.
    KSS
    5th Aug 2020
    8:05pm
    Senior without family, just take a minute to think about how the virus gets into the age care facilities in the first place. It is brought in there by visitors and staff who are themselves infected. And how does transmission occur? By people not social distancing, not staying home when sick and poor hand hygiene. And its not the residents of aged care facilities behaving badly! Its the younger generations not obeying the rules.
    jan
    5th Aug 2020
    10:11pm
    I was taught to put others before oneself. Old values don't seem to exist any more
    Toots
    5th Aug 2020
    10:47pm
    I live on the NSW/QLD border. I commend the QLD Premier, her health advisor and the QLD police. They've done an amazing job!
    Yes I am inconvenienced by the constant changes to the border passes but I am shocked at the amount of unexplained heavier than normal traffic trying to scramble into QLD.
    Finally this week so far it seems Victorians and Sydney hot spot people got the message that the QLD police are NOT so easily fooled. The traffic as of last Monday has eased considerably after months of huge queues and extraordinary waiting times at the border.
    The QLD Premier acted immediately on Sunday to close visitors to aged care homes in Brisbane and Gold Coast after those idiots brought the Corona Virus into QLD.
    I wish people would just stay put and ride this out. Spreading the virus as far as you possibly can via interstate travel is malicious behaviour.
    thierry
    6th Aug 2020
    9:18am
    Qld Health Minister Seven Miles says nine cases have placed an enormous burden on our health system. Mayday Mayday !! Nine cases put an enormous burden on our health system. We are in BIG trouble.
    BillF2
    6th Aug 2020
    11:41am
    Being scared all the time and hiding away by border closures is hardly a plan to overcome the covid-19 pandemic. These actions only demonstrate that neither the federal nor the state governments have any idea what to do except cower in the corner. They have had five months to do something positive against the virus, yet have done absolutely nothing. Talk of a 'second wave' means they have failed in dealing with the first wave. Most disgusting of all is that these 'experts' keep their jobs, get well paid out of the public purse, and destroy the lives of thousands of Australians. Leadership?
    Toots
    6th Aug 2020
    12:17pm
    Apart from border closures to stop the spread we can only rely on our medical research to knock this aggressive virus down.
    OLD TAX PAYER
    6th Aug 2020
    12:01pm
    WOW! Thankyou to Mark Mcgown who had the guts to close our borders when he did in WA, and now we have the eastern seaboard wishing they had done it earlier. Tell Clive Palmer he is not welcome here with his billionaire attittude, and keep us safe at all cost
    jan
    6th Aug 2020
    12:12pm
    Thank you old tax man, you are exactly right.
    Farside
    6th Aug 2020
    10:33pm
    what tosh you say, old Lang Hancock would be rolling in his grave to hear such talk. Of course WA would welcome Clive with open arms if the ALP were not in control. WA loves an egotistical mining billionaire with questionable taste and flexible morals.
    Koro
    9th Aug 2020
    10:42am
    Did anyone see the news last night showing the results in NZ? Now after a hard few months they are back enjoying life as per the old normal pre COVID - wakey wakey Australia and learn from our across the ditch cousins even though our population is much greater. Congrats to our Queensland Premier for taking the hard line too. (I am a NSW resident).
    Farside
    9th Aug 2020
    7:20pm
    not exactly back to pre-Covid – NZ number 2 sector for export earnings is tourism. It accounts for more than 10% of GDP (directly and indirectly) and employs around 9% of New Zealanders. Tourism is not recovering in any significant way while the borders are closed. They have successfully kicked the tin down the road but remain vulnerable as soon as the borders are breached.

    As if it matters, the "US Government has warned its citizens to be very cautious about travelling to New Zealand because of our "23 active cases" of Covid-19. Despite the US recording more than 2 million cases and 160,000 deaths, the government is advising against travelling to New Zealand."
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm


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