State’s top doctor hopeful QLD will reopen to VIC by Christmas

Queensland has recorded one new case of coronavirus overnight, with a returned traveller in hotel quarantine testing positive.

The woman was diagnosed with the virus after recently returning from Turkey, however she does not pose a threat to the community as she remains in quarantine.

There are now eight cases still considered active across the whole state.


It comes as Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, today revealed she feels “hopeful” Queensland’s border would be able to reopen to Victorians by Christmas.

Speaking on ABC Radio on Tuesday, Dr Young said she’s extremely proud of how far Victoria has come, with the state today recording it’s eleventh straight day with no new cases or deaths.

“Its really exciting when we see where Melbourne is, how long it’s been since they’ve had a case, its just brilliant,” Dr Young said.

“I’m sure they’re starting to feel there’s a good chance they’ve eliminated the virus in Melbourne which is really, really exciting.

“So, hopefully we will be able to open borders to Melbourne and not require any form of quarantine,” she added.

Dr Young said a final decision would be made at the end of the month, with any changes due to come into play from December 1.

“Though I can’t commit to that,” she said.

“We’ll have to see a little bit longer how they go in Melbourne because they’ve now removed a lot of their restrictions, so we’ve just got to see if there’s any undetected virus circulating because people will be out and about.

“So we just have to give it a little bit longer, because it’ll come out in the next two weeks.”