Qld on edge after positive COVID cases visit servo just over border

The COVID-19 outbreak in NSW appears to be creeping closer into Queensland, with confirmation two positive cases spent the night at a busy truck stop just south of the Gold Coast.

The pair stayed overnight at the truck stop at the Ampol service station northbound in Chinderah, near the Murwillumbah turn off, on Tuesday.

NSW Health revealed the venue of concern overnight, ordering anyone who was there from 8.30pm on Tuesday to 7.30am Wednesday to immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days


“Anyone who attended this venue is a close contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result, and call 1800 943 553 unless they have already been contacted by NSW Health,” they said.

The positive cases used the truck drivers’ toilets, showers and lounge, as well as the food court.

The travel direction of the pair following the stop has not yet been revealed, so it’s unknown at this stage whether or not they crossed the border into Queensland.

The sunshine state’s border remains open to regional NSW, however, the State’s top doctor is urging Queenslanders to avoid travelling south.

“The New South Wales outbreak is very concerning and we’ve declared Victoria a hotspot,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said overnight.

“I’d like all Queenslanders to strongly consider their need to leave the state right now – particularly anyone over the age of 70 who is not vaccinated, now is not the time to leave Queensland.”

It comes after the AFL revealed that multiple players and staff from up to eight clubs are in lockdown in Queensland after visiting a number of COVID-19 exposure sites in Victoria.

One of those includes the Wallabies vs France Rugby match at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Tuesday, July 13.

“Several players and staff members across the clubs – Collingwood, Essendon, GWS GIANTS, Hawthorn, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs either attended the Rugby match on Tuesday night or visited other listed exposure sites in Victoria,” the AFL said.

“The AFL has notified the Queensland Government and acting in accordance with their directions.”

It’s understood there are a number of players and staff that are currently classified as Tier 1, which requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine period regardless of a negative test result.

However, the majority of staff and players from the clubs who attended the Rugby are classified as Tier 3, which requires them to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they become unwell.

They have all been tested and have received a negative test result.

“The AFL will continue to work with the clubs of those affected and make the necessary decisions to best protect the health and well-being of the competition and the wider community,” AFL EGM Football Andrew Dillon said in a statement.

“We will continue to work closely with the relevant state governments and medical professionals and be led by their advice and ask everyone in our industry to continue to be vigilant with their movements within their current communities.

“We will continue to make the necessary decisions to best protect the competition and the wider community.”

A decision on whether Queensland will close the border to all of NSW is expected to be made today.