Queensland Premier flags declaring more NSW COVID hotspots

The State Government has warned that more areas of New South Wales could soon be added to the list of coronavirus hotspots, as concerns grow about the virus spreading there.

It comes as Queensland recorded no new cases of coronavirus overnight.

The State’s total remains at 1072 with just two active cases across the State, including one on the Gold Coast.


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The second active case is a crew member from a cargo ship that was evacuated to the Sunshine Coast after testing positive on board.

New South Wales recorded 13 new cases on Tuesday, however 12 of those were from community transmission.

The number of affected areas have been spreading beyond southwest Sydney, while a cluster has also emerged at Batemans Bay on the south coast.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she has had preliminary discussions with the Chief Health Officer about adding further New South Wales hotspots to the list.

That would see people from those declared areas barred from entering Queensland.

“We are observing what it is happening at the moment in relation to community transmission. My understand is that yesterday the majority of cases were accounted for,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We are following that very closely and I will accept teh advice of my Chief Health Officer.

“But as I said, we’re waiting to see what happens in New South Wales today and we are getting ready, if we need to declare further hotspots we will not hesitate to declare further hotspots to keep Queenslanders safe.”

The Premier has also confirmed she has now sent a letter to her New South Wales counterpart Gladys Berejiklian about shifting border checkpoints south to the Tweed River.

But she doesn’t seem confident of a good outcome.

“This is purely trying to make things reasonable, it’s about that continuity between those border communities.

“I’ve sent the letter, it’s up to the New South Wales Premier, she can either accept or reject it, from her comments yesterday it didn’t appear that she wants to accept it.

“I’m just trying to make it easier for the people who live int that Tweed ares and Coolangatta because we’ know they’re intertwined.”

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