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Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk remains unapologetic regarding the hard border closures with the state’s southern neighbours, crediting the shutdown with allowing Queensland’s economy to reopen.
“Until there is a vaccine, life will not return to normal,” she told reporters on Sunday.
A man has died of Covid-19 in New South Wales.
The death of the man, who was in his 80s, takes the state’s death toll to 54 and the national toll to 396.
Updated information: Five new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,761. NSW Health sadly reports the death of a man in his 80s who had COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/gOPJOACJtj