Two new virus cases as WA borders reopen to Queenslanders

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Queensland overnight, however authorities are not concerned.

The new cases are both returned travellers who acquired the virus overseas.

The pair remain in hotel quarantine, with nine cases now considered active in the state.


It comes as a getaway to Western Australia is now back on the cards for Queenslanders, after the state removed its hard border closure at midnight.

After seven months of being shut-off to the rest of the country, WA is now operating under a ‘controlled’ border.

It means people across the country, including Queenslanders, will no longer need an exemption to enter the state and can now come and go as they please.

However it’s not so easy for residents in NSW and Victoria, who are still required to self quarantine for 14 days upon arrival into the state, and take a COVID-19 test on Day 11.

Other states have also agreed to National Cabinet’s plan to reopen borders by Christmas, but WA Premier Mark McGowan said he would not be reopening fully to NSW and Victoria until they record 28 days with no community transmission.

“I don’t believe in an artificial deadline,” Premier McGowan said.

“We’re going to be guided by health. Christmas is important but the health of Western Australians is more important.”

Queensland also admitted the timeline is “aspirational” and said hot spots may still remain in place by the holiday period.

“There is a national aspiration, of course, to have the borders open before Christmas,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“We will be looking very closely at the end of the month at Victoria, and also NSW. There may be some hot spots.”