BREAKING | Qld declares Greater Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot

All Sydney residents will soon be banned from entering Queensland after the whole of Greater Sydney was declared a coronavirus hotspot by the State Government.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the major announcement on Wednesday.

“Today I can confirm that Queensland will now be declaring Greater Sydney a COVID-19 Hotspot,” the Premier said.


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“We have seen more cases of community transmission spreading across a wider area of Sydney.

“This includes into areas frequented by tourists, travellers and large numbers of Sydney locals.”

The ban will kick in at 1.00am on Saturday, affecting another 31 local government areas.

The declaration adds Greater Sydney to declarations already in effect for travellers from Campbelltown, Liverpool, Fairfield and the whole state of Victoria.

“We have done this to ensure that we give notice to Queenslanders that may want to return home,” the Premier said.

“We know it is going to cause an inconvenience to families, and I know there may be a lot of events that are planned over the next few weeks, but it is too important… We must protect Queenslanders, your safety comes first.

“We are in extraordinary times at the moment and we have to do everything we can… So as I said yesterday, Queenlanders should not be travelling to Sydney.”

Ms Palaszczuk said the declaration was made on the advice of Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young following a worrying outbreak of coronavirus in the city.

“I want to assure Queenslanders we have been taking the Chief Health Officer’s advice every step of the way during this pandemic… It has stood Queensland in very good stead, we will continue to do that,” the Premier said.

So when the Chief Health Officer advises the Queensland government, advises myself to close the border, we will close the border. We’ll be monitoring very carefully and the signs we’ll be looking for is further outbreaks of community transmission in areas outside of greater Sydney.”

From Saturday, all Queensland residents returning from Sydney will have to isolate in a hotel for 14 days at their own expense.

Dr Young has now urged any Queenslanders currently in hotspots to make their way home before 1am Saturday.

“If you are in Sydney please take this opportunity to come home to the safety of Queensland,” Dr Young said.

“If an area where you are staying or visiting is suddenly declared a hotspot while you are there, once you return to Queensland, you will have to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel at your own expense,” she said.

There are now fears of a COVID-19 outbreak in Queensland after two 19-year-old women tested positive on Tuesday after returning home from Melbourne via Sydney.

It’s understood the pair touched down in Brisbane on July 21 and falsified their border declaration passes in order to avoid going into quarantine.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the Premier described the actions of the two young women as “negligent”.

“Let me assure Queenslanders that we have been preparing for these scenarios… We have done this before and we would do it again but because of the negligent actions of these two we now have to do a lot of contact tracing and it is going to be an inconvenience to many people but it has to be done.”

Ms Palaszczuk said she is extremely disappointed.

“First of all, let me say I am absolutely furious that this has happened. That these two people have gone to Victoria have come back and have given authorities misleading information”.

She said a “thorough police investigation” will be conducted in order to get to the bottom of the incident, which has forced a school Parklands Christian School in Parkridge, Logan to close for deep cleaning and disinfection today.

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The two women were the only confirmed cases in Queensland overnight.

In NSW, the state recorded 19 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Of those, 10 are connected to the Thai Rock Restaurant, taking the size of that cluster to 85, while just two are in hotel quarantine.

NSW declared hotspots as at 1am August 1, 2020:

Bayside

Blacktown City

Blue Mountains City

Burwood

Camden

Campbelltown City

Canada Bay City

Canterbury-Bankstown

Central Coast

Cumberland

Fairfield City

Georges River

Hawkesbury City

Hornsby Shire

Hunter’s Hill Municipality

Inner West

Ku-ring-gai

Lane Cove Municipality

Liverpool City

Mosman Municipality

North Sydney

Northern Beaches

Parramatta City

Penrith City

Randwick City

Ryde City

Strathfield Municipality

Sutherland Shire

Sydney City

The Hills Shire

Waverley

Willoughby City

Wollondilly Shire

Woollahra City

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Close the border completely before it is to late

I need to travel to the Gold Coast to inspect my new retirement home twice in the next four weeks before settling and finally relocating and taking up permanent residence on the Gold Coast (I bought off-the-plan nearly 12 months ago). I am 67 years old and I take all precautions when moving about outside my rental property in Sydney. Now the Premier has declared Greater Sydney a hotspot and I am not allowed to travel to the Gold Coast! So, instead of starting the retirement stage of my life in my new home in four to six weeks time, I will be left to battle with the developer about defects etc via Zoom, Facetime or Skype – hardly the same in terms of being able to protect my retirement investment. Thank you Premier for not providing an exemption for future Queensland residents like myself!

Sorry Mate. This is a pandemic. Stay away from our home until this is over. Fm Gold Coast resident.

What happens when they come up from Sydney and stay at the mantra hotel in Coolangatta or anywhere on the tweed side of the boarder they can just walk straight over the boarder and into Queensland how are you going to police that

it is getting out of control …let s hope to find the right approach with medication..before even talking or thinking of a cure or vaccine !

CLOSE THE BOARDER!!!

Will I have to quarantine in a hotel on return if I visit The Entrance NSW