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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the state government is considering declaring more NSW postcodes hotspots.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the state government is considering declaring more NSW postcodes hotspots.

Ms Palaszczuk said Deputy Premier Steven Miles could provide a coronavirus update later today.

"There is a possibility that more hotspots in NSW could be declared by Queensland but we are not going to pre-empt that decision," Ms Palaszczuk said.

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In NSW, 13 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours prior to 8pm yesterday, 12 of which were locally acquired.

All of today's new cases have a known source.

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"As cases resulting from community transmission continue to be reported NSW Health is call on people across the state to redouble their efforts to stop the virus spreading," NSW Heath's Dr Jeremy McAnulty said today.

Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland was watching the numbers and rate of community transmission closely.

"I had a preliminary discussion yesterday with the Deputy Premier (Steven Miles) and the Chief Health Officer (Jeannette Young) and we're going to look at what happens in NSW today," Ms Palaszczuk said.

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"We are considering adding further hotspots at this stage.

"We are observing what is happening at the moment in relation to community transmission. My understanding is that yesterday the majority of the cases were accounted for.

"We're waiting to see what happens in NSW today and we are getting ready. If we need to declare further hotspots we will not hesitate."

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Queensland recorded zero new cases overnight and there are two active cases remaining.

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Yesterday Queensland recorded one new case onboard a cargo ship off the Sunshine Coast.

The crewman is in hospital on the Sunshine Coast while all other 18 crew members remain onboard the ship.

They were tested for COVID-19 yesterday and all returned a negative result but Ms Palaszczuk said they were being tested again today.

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"There will be further tests conducted again today of all those crew members.

"I want to assure everyone that our health and our maritime (departments) are focused on that vessel and we will do everything we can to keep Queenslanders safe."

Ms Palaszczuk also confirmed a letter to Ms Berejklian with a request to shift the border checkpoint south had been sent.

"From her comments yesterday it didn't appear she wanted to accept it," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"I've sent the letter, I'm just trying to make it easier for the people who live in that Tweed area and Coolangatta because we know they are intertwined.

"I'm just trying to make it a bit easier and putting forward a sensible suggestion."

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Yesterday Ms Berejiklian said she did not support the idea of moving the checkpoint south, instead saying "if anything, the border should be moved north".

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