One new virus case as Qld Government defends border stance

Queensland has recorded just one new case of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed this morning that the new case is a close contact of a known case.

It’s an encouraging sign for the sunshine state, with more than 11,000 people swabbed for the virus yesterday.


There are now 26 active cases in Queensland, including four on the Gold Coast.

The news comes as Queensland’s Tourism Minister today strongly defended the State Government’s decision to keep the borders shut.

Kate Jones told reporters on Saturday that Queensland’s tourism industry is currently losing $200 million each month due to the closure.

But she said the state is in a much better position than Victoria thanks to the Queensland Government’s tough stance.

“Victoria, that didn’t close its borders, is losing $5.4 billion a month in economic activity.

“The states that have taken swift action to keep people safe also have the most open economies right now.

“We are standing here, together today, because we took tough action to protect Queensland and to protect Queensland’s economy… we made those decisions to not only save lives but also to enable our economy to reopen.

Ms Jones also confirmed that Premier Palaszczuk does support the Federal Government’s plan to reopen Australia by December.

But she said that the reopening of Queensland’s border will still depend on the situation in the southern states.

“What the Premier has said, is that she would very much like to see Australia open by Christmas as outlined by the Prime Minster, but the responsibility now has to be on Victoria and NSW to get their cases under control,” Ms Jones said.

“We are going to keep watch on that progress and we will change our border when we know that Victoria and NSW have their cases under control.

“The focus has to be on those southern states that still have significant community transmission, which as we know, when that gets out of control, you’re back into hard lock-downs.”

Victoria recorded 76 new virus cases today and another 11 deaths as the state prepares to announce its road-map to recovery tomorrow.

In NSW, there were five new infections in the past 24 hours, including four linked to the City Tattersalls Club gym cluster.