Just hours after adding six Sydney council areas to its hotspot list, Queensland has now declared all of Greater Sydney as a hotspot.
It comes after New South Wales recorded 16 new cases since last night, taking the cluster in Sydney’s east to 31.
The Greater Sydney hotspot declaration will come into effect at 1am on Thursday, with residents from there to be barred from entering Queensland unless they have an exemption.
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Those who are granted an exemption will be forced to do 14 days in hotel quarantine, along with returning Queensland residents who have been in Greater Sydney.
The hotspot declaration also covers the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
However, it will not be backdated meaning anyone who is already in Queensland won’t face quarantine.
“I know this is a difficult time, but my priority is always the health and safety of Queenslanders,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.
“The sharp rise of cases in Sydney today is extremely concerning due to many of these cases being infected by fleeting contact.
“The Delta variant is much more contagious than other variants and we do not want it circulating in Queensland.”
The Premier had ruled out the need for border checkpoints earlier on Wednesday but warned that Police would be conducting more patrols and intercepts.
However, it’s not clear if that advice will change given the expanded hotspot declaration.