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Queensland records no new COVID-19 cases

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced no new COVID-19 cases. Pic Annette Dew

Tensions remain high in Brisbane’s south side after three men allegedly lied to police upon their entry to Queensland from Victoria, potentially exposing the Logan community to further COVID-19 transmission.

The men allegedly did not disclose that they had been to Melbourne when they passed into Queensland via the Coolangatta road border on Sunday, police deputy commissioner Steve Gollschewski said this morning.

It comes as Queensland has today recorded no new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 12 active cases, and a total of 1085 active cases.

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Authorities are said to be investigating as one of the men is believed to be experiencing coronavirus symptoms. All are in hotel quarantine.

“People that criminally deceive their way in… is a problem for us,” Mr Gollschewski said.

“They are all awaiting their results and all have been issued a notice to appear for false declarations.”

He said they had ‘G passes’ which indicated they had not been in a declared hotspot. It was only when they went to get tested and disclosed further information to health officials did authority intercept the men.

The premier said it has the potential to unwind all of Queensland’s hard work.

“It is undermining all of the great work Queenslanders have done,” she said.

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It’s the second day in a row the state has confirmed no new cases. It comes as a man who tested positive on Sunday who claimed to be a consular official has been r evealed to have been employed by a private security firm based in Afghanistan.

It raised concerns over exemptions granted to those with diplomatic passports, who do not have to undergo otherwise-mandatory 14 days hotel quarantine.

Last week, five cases in the one “cluster” were confirmed, after three women returned to Queensland from Melbourne via Sydney, allegedly lying about their whereabouts on their border declaration pass. Two have since tested positive for the virus, infecting one of their sisters, and two diners at a Sunnybank restaurant.

One diner is employed at Bolton Clarke Aged Care facility at Pinjarra Hills, which remains in lockdown despite all residents and staff now tested.

The school where one of the women works remains closed, with Parklands Christian College telling staff and students they will have to get retested.

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