Queensland Closes Border To Sydney, V'landys Says "Nothing Has Changed"


The Premier slammed two Queenslanders who have tested positive after lying about an interstate trip, claiming due to their "negligent actions" authorities now had to do extensive contact tracing.

They have sparked a massive contact tracing mission for Queensland Health while being responsible for the state's first community transmission of coronavirus since May.

"The only challenge for NSW is limited freedom of movement for our residents", she said.

Today, NSW had 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with most linked to the clusters at the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park and in Potts Point.

"Your safety comes first and we are in extraordinary times at the moment", she told reporters on Wednesday morning.

Ms Palaszczuk said an additional 31 areas across Greater Sydney will be added to the declared hotspot list from 1am on Saturday.

Premier Berejiklian said the only effect for her residents was limiting their freedom to move around the country. Queenslanders returning from greater Sydney after Saturday will be required to do two weeks in hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Ms Palaszczuk said she is surprised people are still trying to enter the state when they are clearly ineligible.

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And while it's understandable for the state to close its borders with Victoria, which are experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 with nearly 5000 cases now active, was the decision to lock out millions of possible dollars a decision made too soon?

The closure of Queensland's border to visitors from the Greater Sydney region will result in an estimated $100 million loss of revenue to the Far North's tourism industry in the latest blow to the region's economy.

Registered Nurse Ali Murphy conducts a COVID-19 swab test as large crowds queue at a Bondi Beach drive-through testing clinic on July 22, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

"They travelled on flights VA863 and VA977", Mr Miles said.

"I think it's one thing to "close the gates" to Victorians considering their daily case rates have spiked and now number in the hundreds".

"We have seen more cases of community transmission spreading across a wider area of Sydney", The Premier said.

'We're very much focused on NSW, it's obviously up to other jurisdictions on what decisions they take.

"But when the Chief Health Officer advises the Queensland government and myself to close the border we will close the border".