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Australia Queensland police brace for 'increased quarantine pressure'

05:26  06 august  2020
05:26  06 august  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Queensland's Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says authorities have seen increased quarantine pressures on hotels as travellers from southern mainland states seek to beat the looming border closure on Saturday.

Yesterday Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared all of NSW and the ACT hotspots, effective from 1am Saturday.

Commissioner Gollschewski said four-kilometre backlogs along the M1 were already being reported by officers at the Gold Coast–Tweed border checkpoints.

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Queensland will close its borders to most people from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory from Saturday, including “hard” road closures and forced quarantine measures for returning residents. The premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland police to use road blocks to enforce strict border closure measures. If not, we will increase the restrictions.” Mr Gollschewski said in the early phases police would be taking a “compassionate” approach to people not complying in favour of ensuring everyone was across what

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: A driver returning from Victoria expecting to enter quarantine was waved through a checkpoint with no questions asked by authorities on the Queensland border. © Provided by 9News.com.au A driver returning from Victoria expecting to enter quarantine was waved through a checkpoint with no questions asked by authorities on the Queensland border.

He said Queensland police believed traffic flows and congestion would improve significantly by this time next week.

"In the last 24 hours, we have seen 60 additional flights into the state with 2,747 passengers checked. 60 placed into quarantine and seven refused entry," Commissioner Gollschewski said.

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"At our road borders, we had 5,374 vehicles intercepted. 64 persons refused entry and 48 placed in quarantine.

"What we are seeing as we expected is an upshot in flows across those borders as we come into the weekend with the new restrictions in place as Queenslanders and others are coming to this state before that comes into effect."

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The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is the principal law enforcement agency responsible for policing the Australian state of Queensland .

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Commissioner Gollschewski also provided some clarity on what changes would come into effect for people who are allowed to enter Queensland from Saturday.

The changes mostly affect residents of the border communities as well as freight and logistics workers.

a truck that is driving down the street: Queensland is locking out people from all parts of NSW and the ACT in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. © Provided by 9News.com.au Queensland is locking out people from all parts of NSW and the ACT in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"We move from what is the current G-pass, Q Pass and S Pass approach to include some new passes which are the F-pass for freight and X-pass which will be allocated to those persons who live in those declared cross-border communities along the New South Wales/Queensland border," he said.

"I have heard some reporting … the new passes will not have photos on them. What is required in applying for those passes, particularly the cross-border one, is you need to provide identification.

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"The message is pretty clear too - as of 1.00am Saturday, if you are not otherwise exempt, so you don't qualify for the X-pass, the F-pass or the specialist one which is a chief health officer's exemption pass … you're not going to be allowed into Queensland if you're coming out of any of the declared hot spots - that's Victoria, ACT or New South Wales."

Queensland residents will be allowed to return from declared hotspots but will have to pay for two weeks mandatory hotel quarantine out of their own pocket when the declaration comes into effect.

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Commissioner Gollschewski's update came as the state confirmed no new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

However, speaking to ABC Radio, Health Minister Steven Miles said the case of a 68-year-old Ipswich woman who tested positive was still under investigation.

He said the woman's result could have been a false positive and said she was being re-tested after conflicting results.

a sign on the side of a building: Queensland is in need of additional quarantine hotels as fever clinics buckle under the pressure to get results returned quickly. © Provided by 9News.com.au Queensland is in need of additional quarantine hotels as fever clinics buckle under the pressure to get results returned quickly.

"She certainly tested positive on that first test and that's why we reported it," Mr Miles said.

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Police said 125 people had left Queensland during the quarantine period, while 17 people were found at another address and had moved for reasons such as family conflict or their lease expiring. Another 35 people were located away from their designated quarantine address and were issued a fine.

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"We've done additional testing after that and it's had mixed results.

"Subsequent tests came back negative and so we're just working through what's happened there."

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He said the source of the woman's infection remained a mystery.

"There's no obvious links to a source case," he said.

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