NSW Health Minister slams Qld’s ‘rubbish’ 48-hour linking request

The NSW Health Minister has again hit out at Queensland for their ‘rubbish’ request to have new community transmission cases linked within 48 hours.

NSW recorded eight new cases of community transmission yesterday, in two clusters within Sydney.

It’s thrown Queensland’s plan to reopen the border to the whole of New South Wales on November 1 in jeopardy, because the cases interrupt the required 28 day window of no local cases.


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But, Queensland authorities said on Wednesday that if the new cases could be linked to existing clusters within 48 hours, they would not reset the clock.

Yesterday, the NSW Premier slammed Queensland for the out-of-the-blue rule, while today the Health Minister Brad Hazzard has told Sunrise it’s complete rubbish.

“I’m just disappointed that whilst there are some very good people working in Queensland to try and address the Covid issues.

“I just think the Premier (Qld) has only got one focus now, and that is the election on October 31, she keeps coming back to that date. ‘We’ll open up the day after that, well why? Where’s the logic in that?”

“Where’s the 48 hour thing that she announced yesterday, ‘you’ve got to get the tracing in 48 hours and tell us exactly’… She’s just plucking things and it’s actually not fair, it’s cruel to families,” Minister Hazzard said.

The 48 hour window comes to an end today, with the Queensland government expected to announce that the 28 day period will have to be reset.

It means the earliest the Qld/NSW border could reopen would be November 6, provided there were no community transmission cases until then.