Queensland has taken the difficult decision of reclosing its borders to all of New South Wales, announcing the move on Wednesday morning.
It comes as the state records one new infection overnight, a 68-year-old woman in the West Morton area, which is still under investigation.
Two historic cases have also been added to our total number of infections, with eleven still considered active around the state.
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But, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the cases popping up over the border are becoming extremely concerning, announcing the closure of the borders to all of New South Wales and the ACT.
BREAKING: Queensland borders will close to New South Wales & the Australian Capital Territory from 1am Saturday, August 8.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) August 4, 2020
The closures will come into place on August 8, this Saturday, from 1.00am, and will be reviewed at the end of the month.
The Premier says that exemptions will be granted for compassionate reasons, but will be limited.
“Passes for border communities will be for those with proof of address and photo ID,” Premier Palaszczuk tweeted.
Queensland police say they are now developing that system, which should be in place on Friday.
“It’ll be the same online system, so through Q-Health or through the Queensland government website,”Deputy Commissioner Steve Golschewski said.
“We’re planning to have that up and running by Friday night. Obviously the system is being built at the moment.
“It’ll be the same system, and then they’ll be walked through.
“So part of the application, you’ll have to identify we’re you’re living, that will then tell them if they’re in the area that’s exempt or not,” Deputy Commissioner Steve Golschewski said.
Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles has backed the decision, saying it would only take one case for Queensland to be sent back to harsher restrictions.