New COVID-19 case in QLD as Premier pushes border shift

Queensland has recorded one new case of coronavirus after a crew member on a cargo ship tested positive.

It takes the state’s total to 1072.

However there are now just two active cases across the state, including one on the Gold Coast.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the crew member from the ship is now in hospital.

“We have absolutely no concerns about that and of course we are monitoring that vessel,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We were notified over the weekend, Health went out there, representatives from the Health Department went and did the testing and this person was quarantined on the ship then brought to the hospital.

“That’s exactly what we’re supposed to do, our protocols keep the cargo ships out at sea for a length of time, they don’t come into shore until they’ve met their quarantine standards, but because this person was positive they’ve been taken to hospital.”

It comes as the Premier prepares to write to her New South Wales counterpart Gladys Berejiklian about moving the border checkpoints further south to help ease traffic congestion around the Tweed and Coolangatta.

Queensland officials want the checkpoint shifted to the Tweed River at Banora Point.

“What we are trying here is, how do we keep these border communities together and course it’s New South Wales residents that are impacted as well,” the Premier said.

Ms Palasczuk also revealed the issue was first discussed way back in March but was rejected by the New South Wales Police Minister.

“I think in the spirit of cooperation, it would be good if the New South Wales government could now, now we’re in July, give due consideration.

“It would make it much easier operationally, it would keep those two communities together and of course they will remain New South Wales residents.”

“I’m just trying to make it easier for people but of course if the New South Wales government is against it, they’re against it. I hope they give it consideration.”

The Premier confirmed that if the New South Wales Government agreed to the shift, that Queensland would continue to oversee the checkpoints despite it being outside its jurisdiction.

“We would still do that because it’s protecting the Queensland border but of course the ADF are involved and the ADF represent all of Australia.”

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