Queensland has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 today as the state relaxes restrictions for people living in the Gold Coast and Darling Downs areas.
Queensland has recorded just five new cases over the last week, which Queensland’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles said was “very promising”.
“That gives you a sense of how we’re getting on top of those clusters … it’s very, very good work,” he said.
There have been no new cases on the Gold Coast, prompting the government to announce they will lift restrictions there and in the Darling Downs.
This includes lifting restrictions on gatherings, with people in both areas now able to host up to 30 people. Restrictions on visiting aged care and hospitals will also be lifted.
Queensland has also had a rebound of testing numbers with 6424 people tested in the last 24 hours.
The total number of cases in Queensland is 1149.
Today’s numbers come after news Queensland looks at relaxing its tough border restrictions with NSW by reducing by half the required number of days with no community transmission.
Currently, the criteria to reopen its borders is 28 days of no community transmission. But that could soon be dropped to just 14 days.
Tourism Queensland says the government is now exploring a 14-day rule instead, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
“The 28-day rule of no untraced community transmission, we are hoping our Chief Health Officer will revisit this,” CEO Daniel Gschwind said.
“We believe such a high bar is going to be very hard to achieve, it is almost aiming for elimination which appears to be a far off objective.”
Queensland’s tough border restrictions have come under fire in recent weeks with mounting pressure on government and health officials to reconsider their stance on the issue.
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