Qld waiting on virus test results in NSW

The Queensland government is unlikely to close the border to NSW but is waiting to learn whether or not a Sydney patient caught coronavirus in the community.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath praised the extensive testing conducted and response of the NSW government to the new COVID-19 case, which emerged earlier this week.

The Queensland government has made no indication its considering tightening the interstate border, which only reopened to greater Sydney on Tuesday.

Ms D’Ath says genomic testing will reveal whether the positive case emerged in hotel quarantine or was acquired in the community.

“That’s a particular area of interest for all governments, so we’ll be watching closely what the results are of that,” she told parliament on Friday.

“But we’re very pleased that over the last 24 hours, despite the extensive level of testing, there’s been no further positive cases.”

Earlier, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said no NSW resident should be too concerned about getting into Queensland for Christmas.

She said communication channels between the two states’ chief health officers were open.

“We are watching it carefully to see if it turns into a cluster outbreak but at the moment there’s no need for any concern from anyone, so continue with your plans,” Ms Palaszczuk told Nine’s Today show.

“We’re monitoring it closely and if anything changes we will let people know.”

NSW is racing to trace and test contacts of a cleaner at the Novotel and the Ibis hotels in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

Five of her household members have since returned negative results and NSW Health is awaiting those from a small number of her close contacts.

As a precaution, wider testing of staff at the hotel complex is also being conducted.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Thursday said breaches of hotel quarantine were bound to happen, noting the state was due to welcome back its 100,000th returned traveller within days.

“This is a real test for NSW but I’m confident if we continue the path we’re on, that we will pass this test yet again.”

Queensland has recorded just two new cases of COVID-19 that were both already in hotel quarantine, taking its total active cases to 10.

Ms D’Ath said 3309 coronavirus tests were conducted in the 24 hours to 9am.

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