Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

PREMIER: Second wave would cost state $4B

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed there have been no new cases of coronavirus in Queensland over the past 24 hours.

She said more information on the results of an Ipswich woman who tested positive yesterday would be revealed later today.

Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles this morning said there was some confusion around the case, with additional testing on the 68-year-old woman coming back with mixed results.

Ms Palaszczuk, who is on the Gold Coast this morning, where she has handed out bakery treats to border volunteers, said the next four days remained crucial after a case of community transmission last week.

She said a second wave of coronavirus in Queensland would cost the state's economy more than $4 billion.

During the visit to the Griffith St, Coolangatta, checkpoint earlier, Ms Palaszczuk handed out bakery treats to the officers and volunteers.

She was accompanied by Police Minister Mark Ryan and senior police in the unannounced visit.

The border will be shut to NSW and ACT residents from 1am on Saturday.

Deputy Premier Steve Gollschewski this morning said people attempting to cross the border after 1am Saturday - when the ban on travel from NSW, ACT and Victoria begins - will need to be very patient.

He said long delays should be expected.

"Don't come to our borders as of 1am Saturday without an exemption and expect to get let into Queensland," he said.

He said people retuning to Queensland should come back before 1am Saturday if they do not want to go into quarantine.

He said the "second defence" keeping Queenslanders safe is social distancing.

"Now is not the time for complacency," Mr Gollschewski said.

He said yesterday's COVID-19 compliance checks involved visiting 253 people. All but three were found to be compliant, with three matters still under investigation.

 

Originally published as WATCH LIVE: Premier to provide COVID-19 update


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