News digest: Covid-positive man flies into Qld, NSW border easing and Vic cases fall

Sep 01, 2020
The Queensland premier is holding firm on border closures. Source: Getty.

Covid-19 is dominating the headlines once again this morning, with the news that Victoria has seen another drop in its daily case numbers with 70 cases and a further five deaths recorded in the past 24 hours. It’s the state’s lowest figure since July 3 and no doubt provides some hope to Victorians who are hoping that Premier Daniel Andrews will lift stage four lockdown restrictions when he unveils his plans this coming Sunday.

Meanwhile in Queensland, police have apprehended a man who entered the state by air from Victoria, despite having tested positive to the virus. Victorian health officials contacted their Queensland counterparts on Monday and the 48-year-old, who had been taken to a quarantine hotel in line with current border restrictions, was apprehended by police who are now investigating whether a crime has taken place.

“Victorian authorities had been attempting to locate him,” Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said this morning. “He went into quarantine here in Queensland. Authorities in Queensland and Victoria will now investigate whether he has committed an offence. He arrived here at 9.19 yesterday on flight JQ560.”

The news comes as the Sunshine State recorded two new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday. One is a student at Staines Memorial college at Redbank Plains, and the other is a nurse who had been working on the Covid ward at Ipswich Hospital.

On the topic of domestic borders, Queensland today confirmed that its southern border would remain closed for at least the month of September, while NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to announce a loosening of restrictions for residents on the NSW-Victoria border later today. While the details are not yet known, the SMH reports that residents will be able to travel across the border more freely due to the creation of a new border region, which will extend 50 kilometres either side of the border.

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