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Queensland records one new case, will hold firm on borders

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Queensland has recorded just one new case of the coronavirus overnight, however the state’s border restrictions look set to remain for months to come.

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Queensland has recorded just one new case of the coronavirus overnight, however the state's border restrictions look set to remain for months to come.

The new case relates to a woman in her 70s who returned from India via Singapore two months ago.

The state's chief health officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said it was still not clear if the woman acquired the virus in India or Australia.

"At this stage, we're not sure whether that is a persistent case, or whether she's acquired it here," she said.

"We think it most likely that she acquired the case in India, but we'll now have to do a lot of work to work through that, some additional testing, and also we'll have to talk to her and look at contact-tracing."

This morning, Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind urged the state government to reopen the borders by July.

However, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her priority was to protect Queenslanders and it was unlikely the border would reopen before September.

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The Queensland Tourism Industry Council has called for the state government to lift border restrictions.

Dr Young also said it was important that Queensland hold firm on its border closures.

"I believe one of the things that has protected Queenslanders the most, as we've been managing our response to COVID-19, is the closure of the international border, and the requirement that anyone coming from overseas goes into 14 days' quarantine," she said.

"That has been absolutely critical … we need to hold firm, and we need to manage our domestic borders very, very carefully."

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Meanwhile, Queensland health authorities have completed the testing of residents at a nursing home in Rockhampton, where a nurse went to work before returning a positive test for the coronavirus.

All 77 residents and employees have tested negative.

There are now 12 active cases of COVID-19 in Queensland after a record day of testing saw 4800 tests come back negative.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-queensland-records-one-new-case-will-hold-firm-on-borders/62643d50-090e-4be0-9cb8-e8bbca129d99

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