Queensland closes border with all of New South Wales as state battles growing Covid cluster
- Queensland has closed the border with New South Wales from 1 a.m. Friday morning
- Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the decision on Thursday morning
- She is currently in Tokyo, sealing Brisbane’s hosting of the 2032 Olympics
- Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles confirmed border closure during press conference
- He says the closure is so the state can continue to relax restrictions on residents
Queensland has closed its border with New South Wales as the Sydney cluster continues to grow.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the decision on Twitter on Thursday morning, as she is currently in Tokyo, sealing Brisbane where the 2032 Olympics will be held.
The border closures will go into effect at 1 a.m. Friday morning.
NSW registered 124 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, leading the state’s outbreak — which began with a pilot who tested positive on June 16 — to 1,652 infections.
Queensland has closed the border with New South Wales as the Sydney cluster continues to grow
Queensland registered 0 new cases on Thursday morning, Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said at a news conference.
He also confirmed that the state has so far given two million vaccines in the rollout of the injection.
“To ease the restrictions outlined, we will close the border with the rest of New South Wales,” Miles said.
“That reflects current agreements with Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
‘There will be a border zone for people who live within communities around the border and have to travel. We will allow those trips for essential purposes.”