The Queensland border will close to Greater Melbourne from 1.00am tomorrow, in the wake of Victoria’s latest coronavirus outbreak.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles confirmed the border will remain shut for at least 14 days, as the southern state enters a snap five-day lockdown.
It means anyone travelling to the sunshine state who has been in the Greater Melbourne area will not be allowed to enter.
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All other Victorians, who have not been in the declared COVID hotspot of Greater Melbourne, will still need to fill out a border declaration pass in order to enter Queensland.
“The Premier of Victoria has said that they have to at this stage, given the pace at which those household contacts were infected, assume that there are more cases in their community that they know about,” Deputy Premier Miles said.
“That is that they have to assume there are people in Greater Melbourne right now who are infectious that they have not yet identified.”
Queensland Health is currently in the process of contacting more than 1500 people who are now in Queensland after travelling through Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 4.
The terminal is now an exposure site and anyone who was there between 4.45am and 2pm on February 9 is being told to get tested and quarantine for 14 days.
The Deputy Premier said closing the border to Greater Melbourne will “protect Queenslanders” and support contact tracers currently racing to track down the 1500 people who may have been exposed to the virus.
At this stage, the state’s road border checkpoints will not be reinstated, however, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said authorities will continue to monitor the situation.
There have been no new coronavirus cases in Queensland today, both locally and in hotel quarantine.