New COVID-19 case in QLD as Premier calls for cuts to flights

The Premier has joined calls for a limit on international flights into Australia to help reduce the number of coronavirus cases.

It comes as Queensland records its first new case in 11 days.

An Australian Defence Force officer who had recently returned from overseas has tested positive in quarantine.


The total number of cases in Queensland is now at 1068 with just two of those active.

Pressure is now growing on the Federal Government to cap the number of international arrivals to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Returned travellers continue to account for the majority of new cases.

Victoria has put a temporary stop on international flights as it deals with its latest outbreak.

International flights into Sydney will be capped at a maximum of 50 passengers from Saturday following a request from the New South Wales government.

The West Australian Premier has asked for a similar cap with Annastacia Palaszczuk backing his calls.

“Look I join with Mark McGowan the West Australian Premier in saying that I think we need to minimise the amount of international flights coming into Australia,” the Premier said.

“The international borders are the domain of the federal government, that is their decision about how many flights they allow in, but I think we need to be very cautious and I think a slowing down of those flights would be a good thing at this stage.”

Ms Palaszczuk says Queensland will continue to do its bit where needed.

“Of course we’re prepared to help out, we’ve taken a large number of international flights, they’ve gone directly into quarantine and we’ve had Police at those quarantine hotels and we’ve had no problems from quarantine hotels.

“But, like I said, we have to be very measured when it comes to dealing with our international borders as well.

“We need to be very cautious and I think a slowing down of those flights would be a very good thing at this stage.”

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