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Queensland records no new coronavirus cases as government flags review of travel loopholes

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk Source: AAP

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says a travel exemption that allowed a COVID-19 infected consular worker to fly into the state needs to be reviewed.

A coronavirus travel exemption that allowed an infected embassy worker to fly from NSW to Queensland needs to be reviewed, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

The young consular staff member tested positive to COVID-19 after he returned from overseas and was allowed to fly from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast without quarantining.

Ms Palaszczuk says the exemption permitting the man to board the Jetstar flight needs to be reviewed.

"I'm going to raise this at national cabinet," she told reporters on Monday.

"There have been some exemptions. I don't think the time is right now for those exemptions."

"If we can close off any of those loopholes, it will keep everyone safe."

Ms Palaszczuk said all overseas travellers should be required to go into mandatory hotel quarantine.

The infected man tested positive to COVID-19 on Sunday after flying to Maroochydore two days earlier.

He is now in self-isolation with his wife as health officials race to contact trace people who sat near him.

There were no new cases recorded in Queensland overnight.

Despite this, authorities remain on high alert, with health officials urging people with symptoms to get tested.

"This week is crucial," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Health officials continue to trace people who may have had contact with two women who returned to Queensland from Victoria and did not quarantine.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it was likely more cases related to the women would be diagnosed.

"It's now eight days since those first two cases who went to Melbourne ... have been out in the community," Dr Young said.

"Please, everyone needs to be very careful."

People arrive to get COVID-19 tested at the Parklands Christian College in Logan, south of Brisbane, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The school has been temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING
People arrive to get COVID-19 tested at the Parklands Christian College in Logan, south of Brisbane, Wednesday, 29 July, 2020.
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It comes as concerns were raised over a large crowd at a rugby league match on Sunday.

"We don't want to see large crowds gathering and not social distancing," Ms Palaszczuk said.

She commended the NRL, which said it would reduce spectator numbers at matches by 1000 people in response to the incident.

Police remain vigilant at Queensland's borders, checking travellers attempting to enter the state.

Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler says 61 people were turned around overnight.

"Each of those people have come from a declared hotspot ... or simply couldn't provide sufficient evidence that they hadn't come from a hotspot," he said.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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