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Australia Queensland borders to reopen but remain closed to Victoria due to the state's coronavirus spike

08:40  30 june  2020
08:40  30 june  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Queensland borders could stay closed after Victoria's COVID-19 spike

  Queensland borders could stay closed after Victoria's COVID-19 spike The Queensland Government could keep borders closed to other states and territories after a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Victoria. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she will reassess the July 10 border lift at the end of this month after 17 new cases of the virus across Victoria overnight. © 9News Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she will reassess the July 10 border lift at the end of this month after 17 new cases of the virus across Victoria overnight. "I thank people for their patience, but the last thing we want is large scale community transmission across Queensland," Ms Palaszczuk said.

South Australia abandons its decision to open its border with Victoria to travellers on July 20 because of a spike in coronavirus cases there. The transition committee is still considering reopening the borders to the ACT and New South Wales sooner and will provide an update later this week.

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles added that Victoria ' s response to the current outbreak would factor into Queensland ' s decision on sticking to its proposed timeline. Queensland was the last state to close its borders , but is under pressure from tourism operators to reopen .

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced borders will reopen from July 10 to visitors from all states and territories other than Victoria.

Anyone who has travelled from Victoria and enters Queensland from this Friday, including Queenslanders, will have to quarantine at their own expense for 14 days.

If there are further outbreaks of community transmission elsewhere, Ms Palaszczuk said the State Government might review its decision.

She said the Government was also bringing forward "some aspects" of stage three easing of restrictions.

From Friday, 100 people will be permitted to gather in homes and at weddings.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state ' s border would only remain open to freight and essential travel after announcing the restrictions on The Palm Island Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) has also approved travel restrictions to the community from midnight on Wednesday.

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The Premier urged Queenslanders to think carefully about travel plans.

"Please do not go to Victoria," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"We cannot risk removing our border restrictions for those people coming from areas in Victoria right now."

Ms Palaszczuk said anyone entering Queensland from midday this Friday would be required to fill in an online declaration stating they had not been in Victoria in the past fortnight.

From that date, anyone who has been in Victoria would be required to pay for their own two weeks of quarantine in a hotel that the Government would assign them.

Ms Palaszczuk said anyone found to have made a false declaration on Victoria would be liable for a $4,000 fine.

"We cannot risk removing our border restrictions for those people coming from areas in Victoria right now," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Coronavirus spike in Victoria a 'national concern' but decision on reopening borders yet to be made, Palaszczuk says

  Coronavirus spike in Victoria a 'national concern' but decision on reopening borders yet to be made, Palaszczuk says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk admits she has "concerns" about Victoria's coronavirus spike, but a review of the state's border closure will not be made before the end of this month. Ms Palaszczuk said the rise in infections across Melbourne was of "national concern"."It is absolutely crucial that we don't see a second wave, and that's what people stop me in the street about," the Premier said.Her comments came as Queensland once again recorded no new COVID-19 cases overnight and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington called for the state border to reopen on July 1.

Lockdowns in Victoria will be considered ‘over the next couple of days’, says chief health officer. WA chief health officer Andy Robertson on Monday said he wouldn’t be advising the state government to reopen borders until Victoria ’ s numbers significantly improved.

The Australian state of Victoria , which is battling a new coronavirus outbreak, has reported 75 new coronavirus cases overnight, taking the state ’ s Johnson’s new package of measures is intended to meet the unprecedented challenge the pandemic has posed to the economy, and restore the

"To do so would jeopardise everything we have all sacrificed so much to achieve and could be catastrophic to our entire economy."

'There's no interstate rivalry here'

Queensland's borders have been closed since late March.

Business and tourism groups had been lobbying the State Government for an easing of restrictions to help the state's financial recovery.

The border reopening has come with Queensland recording no new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Victoria has recorded another 64 cases of coronavirus overnight, the 14th consecutive day of double-digit case growth in the state.

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles voiced concern about the level of community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria.

"They have 288 active cases right now," he said.

"I want to emphasise that there is no interstate rivalry here — it's up to all of us to stem the outbreak.

Mr Miles said Queensland had sent its deputy chief health officer to Victoria to assist in the state's efforts to stem the recent surge, and had called for 40 expressions of interest from nurses so they could be deployed there.

Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said people could expect to see a heavier police presence at border checkpoints, along with personnel from the Australian Defence Force.

"The work that we need to do to make sure this system works effectively is already underway," Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

"It will make things run smoothly if people undertake to understand what's required of them before they travel.

"It really comes down to one key issue, which is don't go to or come from Victoria [to Queensland]."

PM says he's confident Victoria can beat coronavirus surge .
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reiterated his calls for Queensland to re-open its borders and says he is confident Victoria will be able to get on top of a surge in coronavirus cases. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has flagged July 10 as a possible date for reopening the state but is yet to lock in the date amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.Mr Morrison said he hoped to see Queensland follow South Australia and Tasmania's lead in announcing the reopening of their borders soon."There is no reason we can't go ahead with these other openings, they should go ahead. It's costing jobs in those states.

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