No new cases as Qld border chaos continues

Queensland is down to just one active case of coronavirus after the state recorded its eighth straight day of no new infections.

The last remaining case is on the Gold Coast, with the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus in Queensland still at 1067.

It comes as Queensland Police have today urged motorists to be patient with border checks following traffic chaos yesterday.


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The new border checks, which require everyone to fill out an upgraded declaration form online, caused massive delays for drivers who were stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for hours.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski confirmed the delays were the result of most people not having the new passes and being required to fill them out on the spot.

“We are taking an educative approach… We are being understanding of community and we are making sure they understand it,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

“We are not going to stop doing this. As long as it is required to keep COVID out of Queensland we are committed to doing it.”

While Police Minister Mark Ryan also warned that the delays are only likely to get worse as Queensland’s borders reopen to all states and territories, except Victoria, next Friday.

He’s urged drivers to come prepared in a bid to minimise disruptions.

“When you’re crossing the border, you might think that you’re okay but what about the people in the car in front of you and what about the people in the car behind you,” he said.

“The reason why police are taking robust action on our border is to stop the virus coming to Queensland.”

Minister Ryan said officers will continue to conduct random checks of vehicles at the border, with concerns some people have been trying to smuggle Victorians into the sunshine state.

“They have over 300 cases of community transmission,” he said.

“To stop this virus coming to Queensland we have already taken tough action and will continue to take tough action.

“Yes, that might mean some inconvenience,” he warned.

So far, 1300 vehicles have been checked at the southern border since the new restrictions came in at midday yesterday, with eight turned around.

No fines have been issued.

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