Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has apologised for allowing wives and partners of NRL players into the state while there was a pause on hotel quarantine arrivals.
But Ms Palaszczuk also took aim at Prime Minister Scott Morrison, accusing the Federal Government of “picking fights and attacks” over her tough border policy.
She praised residents across the state for coming forward for testing as no new cases of Covid-19 were recorded after an infected truck driver was in the community for five days.
Addressing the recent controversy over Queensland’s border ban, Ms Palaszczuk said football players’ wives and girlfriends should not have been granted entry into the state when residents were being turned away.
“It shouldn’t have happened when we had the reduction happening in our hotels,” she said.
“Queenslanders could see that in the light of when we were actually trying to reduce the number of people coming in, it was not the right look, I accept that.”
Queensland had been on edge over the infected truck driver, with contact tracers racing to track his movements.
Queensland has 18 active cases.
It’s sparked calls for immediate action to stop the highly contagious Delta variant from taking hold.
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Chair Professor Jane Halton said Queensland was bracing for “a tricky situation”.