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Frecklington vows to scrutinise Qld’s border exemption unit if elected

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the border exemption unit, which was created “from scratch” to deal with very sensitive situations, did not deserve to be criticised.

“We’ve expanded that unit dramatically,” he said. “It has grown over time from 40 to 80, now 115 people.

“That team does their very best, and they don’t deserve to be criticised by Deb Frecklington.

“I also don’t think that any politician should be trying to tell them what decisions to make.

“They are clinicians making clinical decisions based on the health and circumstances of individuals, not on what might be a good political grab on an election campaign.”

Queensland has had zero cases overnight, keeping the tally of new cases to three in the past fortnight.

The state currently has a total of four active cases, while the total number since the pandemic started remains at 1161, with 1,157,573 tests completed.

Mr Miles said he was pleased with the result in comparison to the rest of the world, with the World Health Organisation recording 383,359 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours.

“We have only managed to deal with this pandemic as well as we have because our government has spent six years rebuilding our frontline services,” he said.

The update came after 131 people in Townsville came forward for testing on Saturday after a positive sewage test for COVID-19.

“We’ll continue to test the wastewater, and hopefully we’ll get a negative result and it’s all clear,” Mr Miles said.

“But I think the last time I was in Townsville, it would have been more than 160 days or something since they’d had a community case, so that’s the reason why we’re concerned.”

-with Toby Crockford

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