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The Queensland government has announced it will close its borders with the entire state of New South Wales as the state battles a growing Covid-19 outbreak.
Prime Minister Anastasia Pallaschuk announced on Twitter that the state will close the border with New South Wales from 1am on Friday to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading in the Sunshine state.
“This is an important step that will allow Queensland to safely ease COVID-19 restrictions across the state,” the prime minister’s tweet read.
Ms Palaszczuk said that by declaring NSW as a hotspot, people living in the border region would be able to come to Queensland for limited reasons, including healthcare, work, education, essential shopping and care for vulnerable people.
Queenslanders will be able to travel to the NSW border area for similar reasons, but no further than the border area.
For any Queenslanders returning from NSA locations around NSW, they will need to complete a 14-day hotel quarantine.
The decision comes as NSW recorded 124 locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian expecting cases to grow even higher in the coming days.
The latest border measure now means NSW is officially landlocked from the rest of the country.
Queensland now joins Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia who already have a hard border with the entire state of New South Wales, meaning no one who has been in the state is allowed in, without an exemption. In Victoria, residents can only enter if they are essential workers or out of compassion.
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