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Australia Queensland to close border with New South Wales, records no new COVID-19 cases

04:47  22 july  2021
04:47  22 july  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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There were no new cases of COVID - 19 recorded in Queensland overnight, Acting Premier Steven Miles says. Mr Miles said masks will still need to be worn for seven more days in 11 council areas around south -east Queensland , but other restrictions will be eased. Up to 100 people will be able to "In order to be able to ease these restrictions, we need to close the border to the rest of New South Wales ," Mr Miles said. "That will mirror the arrangements currently in place in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania." Mr Miles said there would be an exceptions available for those in

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Queensland's border will close to people from New South Wales at 1:00am tomorrow.

There were no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Queensland overnight, Acting Premier Steven Miles says.

Mr Miles said masks will still need to be worn for seven more days in 11 council areas around south-east Queensland, but other restrictions will be eased.

Up to 100 people will be able to gather in homes, up from 30, and there will be no limits for people gathering outside.

Hospitality venues will also be allowed to have one patron per 2 square metres and restrictions will be lifted for visitors to hospitals and aged care.

Weddings are currently restricted to 100 people with 20 dancing at a time, that will be able to increase to 200 people, with unlimited dancing, provided people comply with one person per 2-square-metre rule.

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Queensland borders to close to NSW , ACT and Victoria. (ABC News: Lewi Hirvela. ) 'We cannot risk a second wave'. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was increasingly concerned about community transmission rates in southern states. Queensland COVID - 19 snapshot The move means New South Wales and the ACT will join Victoria on Queensland 's list of declared coronavirus hotspots. Ms Palaszczuk said her decision was influenced by a number of people who had breached the state's border requirements, by lying to authorities about their whereabouts.

Australia Covid live update: Victoria records 26 new cases and Queensland zero, as SA braces He says there are no new cases of Covid - 19 in the state overnight. We can also report that the context All healthcare workers, hotel quarantine and international border workers and residential aged and

Funerals will also increase from 100 to 200.

"In order to be able to ease these restrictions, we need to close the border to the rest of New South Wales," Mr Miles said.

"That will mirror the arrangements currently in place in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania."

Mr Miles said there would be an exceptions available for those in the zone from the Clarence Valley, west to the South Australian border, and check points will be installed at key locations.

“It will allow people to move around those communities for essential reasons, all the things that you would expect like to go to school to go to work, for healthcare or to care for others," he said.

The border zone would not include Coffs Harbour, as Mr Miles said there were some risks there.

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Queensland recorded no new cases overnight after 5,751 tests, with just 25 active cases in the state. The state's total since the outbreak began remains at 1,150. Mr Miles said it had now been eight days since they consider an infectious person was out in the community. New South Wales and Victoria are both still declared hot spots. Dr Young said all travellers to Queensland would have to fly into the state and could not drive from Canberra as they would then enter New South Wales , a COVID hotspot. She said she was also hopeful, if no more cases were recorded in the community over the next week

The Queensland border will reopen to NSW at the start of next month if certain conditions are met, while Queensland is set to reopen the border to all of New South Wales from November 1 if there are 28 days of no community transmission. Queensland COVID - 19 snapshot: Confirmed cases so far: 1,386. The news comes as Queensland records two new cases of coronavirus overnight.

The state government said New South Wales will remain a declared hotspot for four weeks, with a possible earlier review pending how the outbreak south of the border develops.

Masks 'the reason' Queensland has not had community transmission

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the border closure was necessary because cases were starting to be found in parts of New South Wales outside the locked down areas.

"It is really starting to escalate," she said.

"It is important that we increase the restrictions on New South Wales."

She said mask wearing had helped limit transmission in Queensland during its recent outbreaks.

"I am positive the reason we have not had community spread recently is because people have been genuinely wearing their masks," she said.

More to come.

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