Almost ALL coronavirus infections in Queensland come from NSW – as the government says they’ve stopped a staggering 85,000 at the border
- Queensland officials are concerned about people bringing COVID-19 from NSW
- 17 people have now contracted the virus in NSW and brought it across the border
- The state recorded just five new cases on Tuesday, lowest total since March 10
- A total of 999 people have contracted COVID-19 in Queensland, 442 recovering
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Queensland is pledging to crack down even harder on its strict closed border policy after the majority of new coronavirus cases were contracted in New South Wales.
The state recorded just five new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday – its lowest daily rise in more than a month – with the state’s premier Annastacia Palaszcuk describing the improvement as ‘extraordinary’.
Queensland has now had 999 people with coronavirus, 442 of who have recovered.
Road blocks were put in place at major roads on the Queensland border on March 23 meaning only those with an approved pass can enter the state.
While the number of cases are dropping, health officials now have serious concerns over interstate infections with 17 people contracting the virus in New South Wales.
Queensland is pledging to crack down even harder on its strict closed border policy after the majority of new coronavirus cases were contracted in New South Wales
There have been more than 6,400 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia, the majority of who have now recovered
The state’s health minister Dr Steven Miles said it was ‘concerning’ how many COVID-19 cases had originated interstate.
‘A concerning number of the positive tests coming through are from those people who have travelled interstate,’ Dr Miles said.
‘We would reinforce the importance of those domestic border travel restrictions.
‘Nobody is above those travel restrictions and if it is not essential you should not be going to other states.’
More than 85,000 people have been stopped at the road borders and 15,000 at the state’s domestic airports, since the restrictions were put in place.
Queenslanders who are returning home from overseas or interstate must quarantine for 14 days, however some exceptions are being made for travellers who have done similar self-isolation in other states.
The state’s health minister Dr Steven Miles said it was ‘concerning’ that 17 people who have recently contracted the virus likely did so interstate
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk said that despite concern over interstate infections, the small number of new cases was a clear sign the curve was flattening
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 6,432
New South Wales: 2,886
South Australia: 433
Western Australia: 527
Australian Capital Territory: 103
Northern Territory: 28
TOTAL CASES: 6,432
Local transmissions in the state have not increased, while more tests are being carried out daily.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk said that despite concern over interstate infections, the small number of new cases was a clear sign the curve was flattening.
‘This is an extraordinary result, it’s great news and come on Queensland, let’s keep it up – let’s keep flattening the curve,’ Premier Palaszcuk said.
‘I want to really congratulate Queenslanders for their efforts but like I said, we’re not out of the woods yet so we have to keep it up.’
Queensland Police have issued 884 penalty infringement notices to people caught ignoring social distancing rules or refusing to quarantine.