Queensland reintroduces its hard border with NSW amid Sydney's coronavirus outbreak


With 30 more virus cases reported on Sunday, the Sydney outbreak has grown to 70 confirmed infections.

All Greater Sydney and NSW Central Coast residents are declared to be in the "red zone" and will be locked out of Victoria.

Victorian residents now in NSW will have an extra 24 hours to return home or face going into hotel quarantine.

"While we will not have these restrictions any longer than we need to, we need the community to be prepared that this is likely to continue over Christmas and potentially into the new year", said Minister Stephen-Smith. After that date, all returning Victorians will be placed in mandatory hotel quarantine.

Under Victoria's "traffic light" rules, the Central Coast is now an "orange zone", meaning any people entering Victoria in coming days, or who have already entered Victoria and who have visited the Central Coast since December 19, must now get tested and isolate immediately until they receive a negative result.

"These are not easy decisions to make and no-one is pleased to have to do this".

Premier Andrews called the situation in Sydney "deteriorating" and highlighted the "missing links" in the chain of transmission. "How you can be on a flight and then when you land everything has changed?" another said.

That means non-Victorian residents who travelled from those areas faced hotel quarantine from the Sunday deadline.

In Queensland, some Sydney residents are thought to have been lying to get into the state by road, so that state has again reinstated hard border closures.

From midnight anyone who has been to the Greater Sydney area would be required to complete 14 days of suitable quarantine on arrival in South Australia, they will need testing on arrival, and on day five and day 12.

Border checkpoints are being re-established, and anyone coming to Queensland from NSW - even from outside of Greater Sydney - now requires a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

"This is not what anyone wanted just days before Christmas", WA Premier McGowan said.

Victoria has now recorded more than 50 days of no locally acquired coronavirus cases.

"My message to South Australians is with this increasing cluster in New South Wales... you must be very mindful about getting tested", said SA's chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier.

"But we have built something precious and like all things precious it is fragile and I intend to safeguard it".



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