Hopes that Queensland’s tough border rules on parts of NSW will be lifted early have been dashed for now.
At least 36 local government areas across greater Sydney remain a hotspot, according to the Queensland government, following concerns about the spread of coronavirus during the December clusters.
The regions must have 28 days without any unlinked community transmission before the badge is removed.
This means people who have been in a ‘hotspot’ area in the past 14 days are unable to enter Queensland without quarantining.
And Queensland’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles on Saturday said they were sticking to that test.
“That health advice has served Queensland very, very well,” Mr Miles said.
“We certainly hope that Sydney can continue to contain that outbreak, contain those clusters so that we can lift those restrictions.”
Mr Miles said chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young was applying the standard agreed to by Australia’s expert medical panel.
“She’s monitoring that very closely,” he said, adding she was talking every day with her colleagues.
NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to Friday.
Scott Morrison on Friday announced that Australia had achieved six days in a row of zero cases from community transmission.
Victoria has now relaxed its ‘traffic light’ travel permits for people in NSW with only one local government area, Cumberland in greater Sydney, remaining a red zone.
Queensland is expected to next review its border rules with parts of Greater Sydney next week.
It recently relaxed a rule which required the source of an infection to be found within 48 hours before the border clock reverted back to zero days.