Qld “keeping a close eye” on new COVID-19 case in NSW

QUEENSLAND officials are keeping a close eye on the latest COVID-19 case in New South Wales, which has broken the state’s 25-day streak of new coronavirus cases in the community.

NSW Health officials confirmed on Thursday the woman, who works at a quarantine hotel in Sydney, has tested positive to the virus.

Contact tracing is now underway to determine whether she may have infected anyone else.


The development has sparked fears the Queensland border, which only just opened back up to residents from greater Sydney on Tuesday, could be slammed shut again.

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Speaking in Parliament in Brisbane on Thursday, Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’ath said they were monitoring the situation.

“The government is keeping a close eye on what is happening in Sydney and our health experts are in regular contact with their New South Wales counterparts,” Ms D’ath told Parliament.

“We are aware that the five immediate family members of the person who has tested positive have all come back negative and are now in quarantine.

“That’s a good positive sign going forward.”

The Health Minister said there were no immediate plans to change the border restrictions.

“I can advise, at this point, there are no proposed changes to any of the restrictions in Queensland.

“What we ask of Queenslanders is to continue their good practice of hygiene of social distancing making sure that if they’re unwell they’re staying home making sure that they’re getting tested if they have any symptoms whatsoever.”

Ms D’ath also said it was important for businesses to continue checking in all patrons as more residents from New South Wales head to the Sunshine State over the festive season.

“Because we know that is the quickest way to contact trace and to ensure that we can control any virus in the community [especially] with so many people coming to visit us from interstate,” Ms D’ath said.

“Which we welcome, especially as we lead into the school holidays.

“We know how much this is going to support local businesses and tourism in Queensland.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was hopeful Queensland won’t make any hasty decisions.

New South Wales has one of the was best tracing systems, that is already demonstrated,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

“We are moving again in Australia. We see the great hope and confidence and optimism that is producing and I am very keen for us to remain on that path as I always have been.”

Queensland has recorded one new case of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours from a returned overseas traveller who is in hotel quarantine.

There are still eight active cases in the state.