Fears more hotspots will soon be added to Queensland border restrictions

There’s speculation the Queensland borders will get stricter as soon as today, as the state tries to protect itself from worsening coronavirus outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria.

Victoria recorded 484 new cases yesterday alone, the biggest daily increase since the start of the pandemic.

While New South Wales recorded substantially less at just 16 new infections, authorities say it’s good news that they’ve all come from known sources.


Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she’s been watching the situation in New South Wales very closely, and will not hesitate to bring in further restrictions at the borders if necessary.

“I do have concerns when the New South Wales Premier says they’re on a heightened alert in New South Wales, that means, I’m on a high alert,” Premier Palaszczuk said yesterday.

Meantime, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young had a phone hook up with her interstate counterparts yesterday, prompting rumours that further restrictions could be imminent.

The last time hot spots were added to the list, they were announced just three hours before they came into effect.

There’s speculation the whole of Sydney could be added to the hot spot list as early as today, while Newscorp reports that police at the border say it’s only a matter of time before the Queensland borders close all together again.

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