Queensland makes a decision about its border with NSW after the state recorded its first locally acquired case of Covid in 12 days
- Queensland aren’t considering shutting the borders to NSW after COVID-19 case
- Man who drives international air crew to and from the airport tested positive
- Acting Premier Steven Miles said they weren’t considering border restrictions
A man who drives international air crew to and from Sydney Airport was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, ending the state’s 12-day run without a locally acquired case of the virus.
Queensland only fully opened the state border to greater Sydney earlier this month after it had been closed since August.
Acting Premier Steven Miles says the fact that the case is related to the NSW quarantine system is concerning, but the government is not considering fresh border restrictions ‘at this stage’.
Queensland acting Premier Steven Miles said the state won’t consider closing its borders to NSW after a positive case was confirmed on Wednesday (pictured passengers arrive in Brisbane on December 1)
He told reporters the fact the case had been found could be a good thing.
‘What the chief health officers will now need to determine is what level of community exposure there has been to this person, as well as what the link is to known cases and that’s what they’ll be working on over the next few days.
‘We’ve talked about how important that first 48 hours is.’
Mr Miles said while he was concerned about the new case, he was confident in Queensland’s robust quarantine system.
He pointed out that Australia had come a long way since it was trying to tackle more widespread community transmission earlier in the year.
‘There’s really no other country in the world that can be focusing in on just one case,’ the acting premier said.
A man who drives international air crew to and from Sydney Airport was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, ending the state’s 12-day run without a locally acquired case of the virus
Queensland only fully opened the state border to greater Sydney earlier this month after it had been closed since August
‘We’re very, very fortunate to be where we are and that means that our health authorities are very very well equipped to respond.’
Mr Miles also defended the government after a number of New Zealand passengers arriving in Queensland were forced into mandatory 14-day quarantine despite the state lifting quarantine rules for NZ arrivals at 1am on Saturday.
He pointed out that they had all arrived on flights with other passengers from outside NZ who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
‘We don’t control the airlines we don’t control their flight routes, we don’t control how they determine to mix travellers and so that all then needs to be taken into account in those individual circumstances,’ he said.
Cars are seen queuing up at the NSW/Queensland border after it shut during the peak of the global health crisis in March
The acting premier said that Queensland’s advice had clearly explained that in order to not be required to quarantine on arrival, NZ travellers would have to arrive on planes with only other NZ travellers.
‘The advice people receive is a matter for them, I urge them to seek advice from Queensland and Queensland authorities if they are (planning to ) travel to Queensland,’ he said.
Mr Miles said receiving international arrivals again was an important milestone for the state after the long border closures.
He said mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for incoming travellers could help reopen international travel sooner and should be considered by national cabinet.
‘I’d say to those in the tourism industry who have spoken against such an initiative, well, it’s one of the things that would allow us to do that sooner,’ the acting premier said.
‘So I just urge them to take that into account.’
Queensland recorded just one new case of coronavirus, a traveller in hotel quarantine, in the 24 hours to 9am on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s case is the first infection in NSW since a hotel quarantine cleaner tested positive on December 3