Qld border plans not changing despite Omicron concerns

Queensland’s Deputy Premier insists the state’s border reopening plan remains on track despite concerns about the emerging Omicron COVID-19 variant.

There are now three possible cases of the new strain among recent arrivals in New South Wales.

Globally, there are now over 150 cases being reported across 12 countries.


Deputy Premier Steven Miles says the state’s health experts are watching developments both domestically and globally but Queenslander’s shouldn’t be concerned about border plans changing.

“Nothing has changed at this stage,” Mr Miles said.

“People should be assured that we will continue to take a cautious, well-prepared approach.

“Our officials are amongst the best in the world, they will monitor the situation very, very closely and they’ll provide advice to us.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said it was vital the Queensland Government stuck to the plan.

“There have been several variants to this virus since early 2020 and I would strongly encourage the State to stick to its reopening plan,” Mayor Tate said.

“A new variant cannot change the entire game plan.

“We have to learn to live with Covid.

“When we have 80 plus percent of the population double vaccinated which is only 10 days away, in my view, it is time to open the borders and deal with any medical issues associated with those who have clearly chosen not to get vaccinated.’’

Queensland recorded five new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

The cases were detected in hotel quarantine in a family that had recently arrived from Pakistan.

Queensland’s first dose vaccination rate is now at 86.17 per cent and second dose 75.92 per cent.