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Queensland delays border stance as 48-hour deadline passes

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 9/10/2020 Natalie Oliveri

The argument over the NSW-Queensland border and a 48-hour deadline imposed on health authorities to track down mystery cases is no closer to being resolved.

NSW recorded five new cases of community transmission today, with all linked to known clusters. There are also five cases in hotel quarantine.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she still is unsure where the deadline has come from.

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"I still don't know where they got that 48-hour time limit from because as we've seen during the pandemic sometimes it takes health just a few hours to identify a known link or a known source, and sometimes it takes up to days and weeks but I don't have an issue with that," Ms Berejiklian said.

"I still don't know where the Queensland government got that 48-hour deadline from. It was completely new to me.

"I think it demonstrates there's an attitude of wanting to stick to your decision not withstanding whatever else is happening and I think that's the case."

But Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said today she "discussed this with the Chief Health Officer in NSW (Dr Kerry Chant) yesterday".

"A decision was made nationally that the 48 hours would start from when the case interview has occurred," she said.

"And that makes sense because that is when you have got the information from the patient about where they had been and where they might have contracted it."

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She also said said health authorities will "wait a bit longer" before deciding on whether to push back the planned border reopening with NSW.


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She said good progress had been made in NSW and praised their contact tracing of new COVID-19 cases.

"They have found links for seven of the eight cases that they notified yesterday," Dr Young said.

"NSW has extremely good contact tracing capability and they're using that at the moment.

"We just need to wait a bit longer before we decide whether or not there has been any need to change that planned opening to NSW that at this point in time is planned for the 1st of November

"We use that 28 days of no un-linked community cases to assist us in determining whether it is safe at that point in time at the end of the month to open to another state."

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: People queue to buy rare wines at Monopole in Potts Point, Sydney on May 23, 2020 © Dominic Lorrimer People queue to buy rare wines at Monopole in Potts Point, Sydney on May 23, 2020 map: NSW health has issued alerts for another Sydney restaurant, seven train services and two bus services linked to the state's newest cases of COVID-19. NSW health has issued alerts for another Sydney restaurant, seven train services and two bus services linked to the state's newest cases of COVID-19.

Earlier, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard lashed out at Ms Palaszczuk, slamming her 48-hour deadline.

"This is a silly, it's a cruel position that the premier in Queensland is adopting," Mr Hazzard told Today.

"It's not evidenced based.

"It's just simply, I think, off the back of her election.

"She wants to look tough for Queensland residents, but I'll just remind Queenslanders that their families are split because the decision the premier is making.

"If she keeps this up and we don't have a vaccine, we don't have a treatment this could go on for years.

"This is a silly game she is be playing. She's playing with people's lives."

Overnight, NSW Health issued new alerts for multiple train and bus services and venues visited by people infectious with COVID-19.

They include Monopole Restaurant Potts Point, Surf Dive 'n' Ski at Castle Towers Shopping Centre, Chemist Warehouse in Epping and the Macquarie University Sports and Aquatic Centre outdoor pool area.

Yesterday, NSW recorded eight cases of community transmission and four new infections in hotel quarantine.

Contact tracers believe they have now linked all the eight cases from yesterday back to a known cluster in Liverpool.

The current benchmark is 28-days without community transmission.

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