Queensland has recorded five new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with all acquired overseas and detected in hotel quarantine.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement this morning, revealing there were now 13 active cases in Queensland.

It comes as scores of potentially infectious Sydneysiders are still trying to enter the state almost a week after the border was slammed shut on them.

The Sunshine State on Sunday marked 103 days of zero community transmissions of coronavirus.

On Saturday, one new case was reported in hotel quarantine.

Zero new cases were recorded on Sunday.

It comes as six days after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared Greater Sydney a hotspot following the virus outbreak on the city's northern beaches, hundreds of Harbour City residents were still attempting to cross the border - and being turned back in droves.

About 561 Greater Sydney residents and returning Queenslanders have been refused entry to the state since the border closed on Tuesday, including another including 79 people in 29 vehicles in the 24 hours to 6am on Sunday.

A Queensland police officer wearing a santa hat inspects the paperwork of people attempting to cross the Queensland border from NSW. Picture: Mike Batterham
A Queensland police officer wearing a santa hat inspects the paperwork of people attempting to cross the Queensland border from NSW. Picture: Mike Batterham

"It appears people are still not heeding the message," Gold Coast police Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said.

"If you've been in the Greater Sydney area in the last 14 days, or you're unable to prove to our satisfaction that you are complying with the chief health officer's direction, you cannot enter Queensland via road ... We know that it's been a difficult time for people - there's been a lot of inconvenience, a lot of delays, (but) the border closure has contributed to a much safer Queensland. We've had more than 100 days without community transmission which is an outstanding result."

Superintendent Wheeler said COVID-19 did not recognise Christmas.

"It's still here, we're seeing tragic things unfolding around the world," he said. "We're seeing those outbreaks in NSW which is why we've had to do that hard border closure ... This is difficult and we've been going at this all year.

"But we've got to keep going until there's a safe and effective vaccine, widely administered across our state - and that could be some time away."

Superintendent Wheeler said he hoped to open a fourth Gold Coast border checkpoint, on Miles St at Coolangatta, by the New Year to ease delays.



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