“No need for concern” Premier adamant she won’t close border

The Queensland Premier has reassured locals she will not rush to shut the border to New South Wales after the state recorded it’s first local COVID-19 case in 26 days.

A Sydney hotel quarantine worker tested positive to the virus on Wednesday night, with NSW today likely to find out the source of the infection.

Doctors are trying to work out whether the woman has an overseas strain of the virus or a local strain.


Appearing on the TODAY Show this morning, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said they are monitoring the situation, but there are no plans to slam the border shut or change any restrictions.

“I don’t think we should be too concerned at this stage,” the Premier said.

“Our Chief Health Officers are speaking regularly and they’re very happy with the contact tracing that is happening at the moment.

“We are watching it carefully to see if it turns into a cluster outbreak. But at the moment, there is no need for any concern from anyone, so continue with your plans!”

The Premier said the state is keeping a close eye on the situation and will let people know if anything changes.

But she said there would have to be a “very large outbreak” for them to close the borders again.

“Look, there would have to be a very, very, very large outbreak,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

Unless all of NSW went into a lockdown, we would not close the border at this stage.

“So everyone just needs to be calm at the moment and look forward to their Christmas holidays”.