No new cases as Premier reveals border announcement deadline

Queensland has recorded no new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as residents eagerly await to find out whether the sunshine state will reopen to NSW.

The number of COVID-19 cases still considered active in the state remains at five.

It comes as the Queensland Premier today confirmed an announcement on the Queensland and NSW border will definitely be made by tomorrow.


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Speaking on the Gold Coast on Thursday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters a decision will be made by midday on Friday.

“As I’ve said, and I’ve been very consistent, and Dr Young will provide us with advice when she’s taken into account those new cases in NSW,” the Premier said.

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“In terms of the borders, that formal discussion will happen tomorrow when I’m back in the office.”

“Dr Young will advise us and then we will tell the public before midday tomorrow”.

The border announcement deadline comes after Village Roadshow Theme Parks Chief Operating Officer Bikash Randhawa lashed out at the State Government over the ongoing hard border closure.

In a series of tweets posted overnight, Mr Randhawa said the mystery surrounding the border reopening is putting thousands of local jobs at risk.

“Borders need to open so we can get on with it… can’t wait for the good news either this or we are dead,” Mr Randhawa said.

“Hundreds of people asking will Annastacia Palaszczuk open the borders so we can come back to work full time!! We don’t know!!! We hope she does… 1000’s of jobs at stake here for Queensland.”

In a follow up tweet, Mr Randhawa called on the Premier to make a call now.

If you love this City and care about tourism open the borders, do it or we have nothing to come back to, tweet this on behalf of 1000’s of workers & 1000’s of local suppliers. We want an answer,” he said.

In response to the tweets made by Village Roadshow bosses, the Premier said she was “doing what she has to do to keep Queenslanders safe”.

“I am not diverting one step away from that, so we will listen to the health advice,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Thursday.

“The fact that I can come out here in front of you all and say we have zero new cases is because of the hard work of Queenslanders, and we will take the health advice of Dr Young who has always provided us with expert advice every step of the way and I value her judgement and medical advice.”