If contact tracers fail to find the source, the clock to reopen the border with NSW on November 1 could be reset.
Queensland has given New South Wales just 48 hours to track down the source of their locally acquired coronavirus cases, or the state will refuse to reopen its border on November 1.
It's not good news for anyone hoping to visit Queensland in early November.
NSW recorded eight cases of community transmission today and four new infections in hotel quarantine. Three "mystery" cases were identified yesterday and included in today's figures.
However, contact tracers believe they have now linked seven cases back to a known cluster at Liverpool Hospital. One is still under investigation.
It comes as NSW Health has now added two new locations to its alert list, after being visited by people infected with COVID-19.
That includes diners at Ripples in Milsons Point where all diners are being urged to isolate immediately, considered close contacts of the infectious person.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she will be watching NSW contact tracers closely.
The current benchmark is 28-days without community transmission, and the earliest that could now be is November 4.
"If the NSW premier is saying she is on high alert about these new cases I am now on high alert," she said today.
"We are not ruling anything out, those decisions are made at the end of the month and there is another 24 hours for them to look at where those cases have come from.
"That (48-hour timeframe) was agreed to by the AHPPC.
"Let me say very clearly my job is to keep Queenslanders safe. We will be monitoring this situation very carefully.
"NSW is in school holidays ... we will be watching that very closely in the next few weeks.
"I want to see the day all of Australia opens up but for that to happen we need to make sure that community transmission is under control."
Queensland recorded no new cases today, while in Victoria there were 11.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard hit back at Ms Palaszczuk, saying she is being "political" and "cruel".
"It's time that this pettiness was put aside and we move forward, we are all Australians," he said.
The border blockage is preventing many families and friends from reconnecting, including one grandmother who has not been able to see her granddaughter.
"I've got a first grandchild down in Sydney. Haven't seen her since she was two-months old," she told Today.
"I'm not happy about that at all. I was getting excited that they might be able to come back up. I just get all the video chats from her and seeing her crawl or (her) teeth, all of that sort of stuff that I'm not seeing. I've been ripped off."
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-queensland-gives-nsw-48-hours-to-find-source-of-community-transmission-new-cases-across-sydney/ef82958f-bd07-4731-a9ab-16cb1d53b60a