Sydney labelled COVID-19 hotspot, as virus spreads in restaurants

Sydney labelled COVID-19 hotspot, as virus spreads in restaurants

Dr Young made the order as substantial contact tracing is undertaking to track down potentially hundreds of people that two 19-year-old girls who have tested positive to the highly-infectious virus have been in contact with since their return from Victoria on July 21.

Ms Palaszczuk acknowledged that while the hardened border with Sydney will have an adverse impact on the tourism industry, "Queenslanders health comes first" and further closures may be on the horizon.

"We're always constantly making sure we're ready, just like we do for cyclones and floods, we always get together all of our key agencies to make sure they are prepared", she said.

Queensland has today declared the greater Sydney area a COVID-19 hotspot, following increasing cases across the NSW capital.

"We are in extraordinary times at the moment and we have to do everything we can", she said.

"This includes into areas frequented by tourists, travellers and large numbers of Sydney locals", Palaszczuk said.

Queensland will close its borders to all of Greater Sydney.

From Saturday at 1am, no one travelling from Greater Sydney will be allowed into Queensland.

Ms Palaszczuk said she is surprised people are still trying to enter the state when they are clearly ineligible.

Returning Queenslanders will be required to pay for two weeks of hotel quarantine when the new measures come into effect.

"The league has understood from the beginning that this season would need to be flexible to ensure we're able to carry out a full 60-match competition and we have created a system and fixture to deal with the uncertainty of this health emergency", he said in a statement.

"(If it became like a Victoria situation) then we would have to move".

Home to over a dozen teams in top flight rugby league, soccer, Australian Rules football and rugby union, Sydney has also been hosting a slew of professional sides from other Australian states camped in biosecure hubs.

"There are also a number of close contacts in both of their households". We do not want widespread community transmission.

"We're at a knife's edge, a very critical point" Dr McAnulty shared in a press briefing earlier today.

"But when the Chief Health Officer advises the Queensland government and myself to close the border we will close the border".

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