QUEENSLAND has once again recorded no new local cases of COVID-19 as Greater Brisbane edges closer to an easing of restrictions.
There were three other positive cases detected in the state. One was a woman who recently returned from South Africa and is in hotel quarantine.
The other two were female flight crew who had already departed Australia prior to getting their results back.
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“We are testing all flight crew now when they come into Queensland,” Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said.
“They’re going into hotel quarantine but we do let them leave that to go back on the flight when they leave Queensland.
“Not on to domestic flights – on to international flights.
“We’ll let the International Incident Room know about the flight crew and they’ll let the relevant airline know so that they can manage that.”
The news was positive for Greater Brisbane, who are expected to see an easing of restrictions on Friday, two weeks on from a small outbreak in a Brisbane quarantine hotel.
Dr Young said it was likely all restrictions would be scrapped, including mandatory mask wearing.
“But I would like to see people wearing masks a bit more when they can’t socially distance,” she said.
Masks will still be mandatory in airports and on planes, as per national guidelines.
Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said while people were mostly following the rules, officers did have to make one arrest yesterday after a person refused to wear a mask.
It’s also alleged they refused to provide their details to officers and then resisted arrest.
That person has since been issued with a Notice to Appear.
The Deputy Commissioner also reminded Queenslanders Greater Sydney is still a hotspot and will remain that way until at least the end of the month.
4,694 cars were intercepted at the border checkpoints in the last 24 hours and 42 people were turned around.
“People need to understand that this is not over and we will continue to police those directions that are issued by the Chief Health Officer,” he said.