Australia's Queensland shuts state border to stem Covid-19 second wave

08 Août, 2020, 17:23 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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"There will very few people allowed to cross the border", Superintendent Wheeler said.

The four occupants of the auto were ordered out of the vehicle while officers conducted a search, locating several clip seal bags allegedly containing quantities of marijuana.

"We're definitely a little bit less optimistic about the rest of the season today, but honestly I think it'll be fine - we'll just keep going, playing it by ear, and hope Queenslanders come to race in Warwick".

Opposition leader Deb Frecklington says the state had no choice but to shut its border again as issued with processing of border crossings threatened to bring Queensland "unstuck".

The border closure comes as three men who allegedly crossed the Queensland border illegally at Coolangatta after travelling from Melbourne will appear in court amid accusations they lied on their paperwork.

Originally published as Is this the dopiest border breach yet?

Who can still cross the border?

Gold Coast and Tweed Shire residents will be able to freely cross the border, as long as they stay within the radius of what is being touted as the "border bubble".

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It comes as NSW recorded 11 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, including one who attended The Apollo restaurant in Potts Point and eight who are close contacts of known cases.

"It is unfortunate, but the majority of Queenslanders, and indeed Australians, want to make sure that we do not revert to the situation that Victoria now finds itself in", he said.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday further restrictions would include shutting most child-care centres and expanding a ban on elective surgery to the whole state to free up medical resources for coronavirus cases. Visitors from Victoria and Greater Sydney are already restricted from the state.

"I think Queenslanders have done what's been asked of them", Ms Frecklington said.

He described the reaction by those refused entry as "disappointed" and the 18 Queenslanders were "particularly disappointed" because they would now have to pay to fly back home and then spend two weeks in hotel quarantine.

People who have not been in hotspots in the preceding 14 days can enter the state.

"That's 35 days of unrestricted access to Queensland from people who have been in hot spots in Victoria and NSW", he said.

"The health advice at the time was that there was no reason for the borders to be closed and that's exactly why the Premier listened to the health advice eventually and she opened up the borders".

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