Three new virus cases in Qld as border tensions flare

Queensland has recorded three new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, ending the state’s four day streak of zero new infections.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed one male in his 30s has tested positive in hotel quarantine after returning from Sydney.

The second and third cases relate to crew onboard a cargo vessel off the coast of Townsville.


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“They are likely to be transferred to shore soon and admitted to Townsville University Hospital,” a Queensland Health spokesperson said.

“All other crew from the vessel have been tested and are confirmed negative.”

The number of active cases in Queensland has also fallen overnight, with just nine cases now active across the state.

It comes as two women who sparked a COVID-19 scare in Logan after bringing the virus back from Melbourne, and a sister of one of those, are released from hospital.

Queensland Health confirmed the trio have now fully recovered after testing positive and have been given the all clear to return home.

“The three women who were admitted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital after testing positive to COVID-19 late last month have all now been assessed and determined to no longer be infectious,” Qld Health said.

“Subsequently all three women have been discharged from hospital.”

The three women who allegedly lied on their border passes have been charged with fraud and providing false and misleading documents and are due to face court on September 28.

Meanwhile, the border tensions between New South Wales and Queensland aren’t showing any signs of easing.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told the Today Show on Friday that she hasn’t spoken to Annastacia Palaszczuk outside of National Cabinet meetings.

It comes as rumours swirl the Queensland Government is looking at a hard border closure, with Queensland police even drawing up plans about how they would work around the proposed closure.

“She has not called me or contacted me,” Ms Berejiklian told the Today Show when asked about whether she had heard from the Premier regarding the borders.

“We have been trying really hard with the Victorian border, Daniel Andrews and I are in constant contact about that and it is really hard. When you have a border closure it affects so many people.

“We are working every day to make sure that people who need to get through are doing it freely and trying to keep people safe and striking that balance.”

Ms Berejiklian added that “managing the Queensland-NSW border is a million times easier than managing the Victorian-NSW border.

“The Victorian-NSW border has 55 different crossings. Queensland-New South Wales is far easier to manage,” she said.

“I am sure we could sort it out if I had that opportunity… We are talking about people’s lives and it is important for decision makers to get that right.”