Queensland readies to close border to Sydney residents

All five million Sydney residents could be barred from entering Queensland from as early as today, according to the Courier Mail.

Queensland Police flagged it was ready to enforce the ban if the number of COVID-19 cases continued to climb in New South Wales.

A senior police source said Queensland would have to consider closing its border to NSW entirely if more hotspots were declared across the state:

“There is no way that more hot spots are not going to be declared, and all of Sydney would definitely be a consideration given what’s happening down there,” a senior police source told The Courier-Mail.

“If the situation continues to deteriorate over the next week, I honestly don’t see how we wouldn’t look at closing the border entirely”…

The western Sydney local government areas of Liverpool and Campbelltown were declared COVID hot spots by the Palaszczuk Government last week…

It’s understood authorities are closely monitoring the situation in Sydney but are likely to declare more local government areas as hot spots before making any decision on greater Sydney.

Six weeks ago when there were minimal active COVID-19 cases in NSW and Victoria, I declared Queensland’s border closure as madness. But then came Melbourne’s epic quarantine failure and parabolic rise in infections:

Inevitably, some of these Victorian cases leaked into NSW, causing their budding outbreak.

Queensland might as well move early, shut the border now, and seal itself off from infection.

Leith van Onselen
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