Thumbs up for Palaszczuk's virus response

Andi Yu
·2-min read

Queenslanders have given Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk the go-ahead to keep managing their state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state notched 50 days since its last locally-acquired infection on election day.

Health officials are currently managing four active cases.

Ms Palaszczuk's tough stance on the New South Wales border is due to ease on Tuesday when it opens to regional NSW.

A strict barrier remains for 32 local government areas of Greater Sydney and all of Victoria.

The decision to keep most parts of Sydney on the blacklist was mocked by Qantas boss Alan Joyce and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Mr Joyce called the plan ridiculous, saying Australia's biggest city was managing the virus better than most places around the world.

"Keeping the doors bolted to places that you can't reasonably call hotspots makes no sense," he said in a statement.

Ms Berejiklian said Queensland continued to disappoint her as it was "illogical" to lump NSW with Victoria.

The border closed in August, with Queensland saying it would potentially reopen on November 1 but that was thrown into jeopardy on Thursday when NSW recorded another mystery case.

"They had four new cases and one of those cases they could not link to any other known clusters," Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said

"(That) means that they have transmission and they don't know where it is coming from.

"That is why those 32 (local government areas) all need to be declared hot spots".

The reopening of the border was hotly debated in the context of Saturday's state election, with Labor warning voters the Liberal National Party can't be trusted to protect the community from the virus.

The current border restrictions will be eased from 1am AEST on Tuesday.

Queenslanders and people who have not been in Sydney and Victoria will be able to travel in and out of the Sunshine State.

They continue to be required to complete border declaration passes, with people who have been in hotspot areas in the 14 days before entry to the state required to quarantine.