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Monday, June 24, 2024

Queensland announces new border pass rules

Two new cases of community-transmitted COVID-19 have been confirmed in Queensland.

Queensland Health says both cases are linked to a woman who arrived from Portugal – bringing the total number of cases in the cluster to seven.

Chief Health Officer, Jeannette Young says both cases tested positive while in quarantine, adding “They’re not a risk – I’m not concerned about that”.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced the new cases this morning, along with changes to the state’s border pass system which will now require residents in northern NSW to apply for travel permits. These residents were previously exempt from the border pass requirement.

“Because of the school holidays and the NSW outbreak, we’ll be requiring those border declaration passes for everyone who crosses the border for the period of the NSW outbreak,” Mr Miles said.

He said the passes would last for 14 days.

“So, for people who come and go across the border regularly, they will only need to apply for a pass every 14 days.”

The new border restrictions will come in effect from 1am on Monday.

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