No new cases recorded in Qld, dedicated border exemption unit goes live

QUEENSLAND has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 for the first time in 11 days.

“Well done, Queensland,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Friday.

“This is exactly the hard work of everybody that is getting us to this point. But of course, we know that we are still not out of the woods yet.”


The number of active cases across the state has dropped to 25.

Ms Palaszczuk also confirmed the specialist care unit, set up to help deal with the ongoing border exemption issues, is going live today.

A group of 80, which includes doctors, nurses, paramedics and social workers, will form part of the dedicated team, which aims to clear the backlog of people wishing to get into the state.

“We understand this is a very, very difficult time for families. I know that .. people know that,” she said.

“We are here to help people during this critical time.

“This is about the government working in the best interests of families during these very difficult times.

“We did not cause this pandemic. This is a world pandemic. No one asked for this.”

The Premier has also confirmed that Moree, in northwest NSW, will be added into the ‘border bubble’.

It follows heavy criticism from Moree Plains Mayor Katrine Humphries, who labelled the Premier ‘cruel’ over the border closures.

Ms Humphries told Sunrise on Thursday that residents were experiencing issues accessing essentials, including medical care and supplies.

Families had also expressed concerns their children, living in boarding schools over the border, wouldn’t be able to come back home for the September school holidays.

Prior to the announcement on Friday, Ms Humphries said she hadn’t heard a peep from the Premier.

“I checked my phone five minutes ago and have not heard a word,” she told Sunrise.

“I didn’t really expect it, that woman has got no compassion and she’s not kind.”