Queensland Premier ready to ‘slam border shut’ as NSW battles coronavirus outbreak

Queensland Premier Annastascia Palaszczuk has closed the border with NSW and ACT.

Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned she will “slam the border shut” if NSW continues to see Covid-19 transmission rates accelerate.

“We will not hesitate, if it gets out of control, to slam the border shut,” Palaszczuk said.

“Let me reassure Queenslanders once again, every single day we are monitoring what is happening in New South Wales.”

While Queensland recorded yet another day of zero new coronavirus cases, NSW has reported 17 new cases of coronavirus from more than 22,000 tests. Eight of those cases were diagnosed in returned travellers, seven linked to known outbreaks and two are under investigation.

The Sydney local government area of Fairfield has officially become a declared hotspot by the Queensland government meaning any non-Queensland resident who has been in Fairfield in the last 14 days cannot enter the state. Campbelltown and Liverpool make up the other New South Wales hotspots.

“Complacency is our enemy,” Palaszczuk said. “In these times, everyone thinks everything is normal in Queensland.

“But anything can happen at any time and the way we are going to limit what happens is if we do the social distancing.”