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Queensland WILL NOT Open Borders Until NSW and VIC have no cases of community transmission

The Queensland Premier says there will be no relaxation of the state’s border controls until there are no cases of mutual transmission in New South Wales and Victoria.

Annastacia Palaszczuk said she put Queenslanders safety first.

“We do not have any intentions of opening any borders whilst there is community transmission active in Victoria and in New South Wales,” she said.

“I think we’re going to continue to see restrictions in Victoria up until Christmas time, that’s very unfortunate for people living there but it’s a serious situation.

“You only have to look at what’s happening around the world and we definitely don’t want to see that happening here.”

Deputy Commissioner for Queensland Police Steve Gollschewski said it was a busy long weekend at the border crossings of the state, with thousands of air and road travellers.

“One-hundred-and-thirty-two flights came into the state, 7,230 passengers were processed and 19 were refused entry and 740 were placed into quarantine,” he said.

“At our road borders, we saw 8,861 vehicles intercepted, with 594 people turned around … we quarantined 27 people from the road border.

No community transmission cases occurred in Queensland within 28 days.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said that there were still critical controls in place at the border to ensure that case numbers were kept in check.

“No new cases in Queensland overnight is excellent,” Dr Young said.

“It means though that we have to be even more careful with anyone coming into Queensland from a hotspot, which today is all of Victoria and New South Wales — although people in those strict border-zone areas can travel into Queensland — and anyone from overseas.

“We don’t know where the next case might pop up. We hope there won’t be any we don’t know about, but it’s still really important that anyone who becomes unwell gets tested for COVID and isolates themselves immediately.

“That way, if we get onto the first case, we’ll stop a cluster happening and we’ll stop the broader consequences.”

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