Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 3 minutes 20 seconds3m 20s 'Crucial time' for Queensland as state sees coronavirus reprieveShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelQueensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called for exemption "loopholes" to be closed off after one of the state's positive cases was revealed to be a returning consular official who did not need to quarantine.Key points:Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is looking to remove exemption "loopholes" at the borderThe state's Chief Health Officer is expecting coronavirus cases to climb this weekA testing blitz has prompted long wait times on test resultsThe call comes after the state recorded no new cases of coronavirus overnight leaving Queensland with 12 active cases.Ms Palaszczuk said she would be raising the issue of exemptions being granted to overseas travellers after the returned official, who lives in Queensland, tested positive yesterday."I don't think the time is right now for those exemptions," she said. Ms Palaszczuk said it would be a "matter for the chief health officers" around the country to ultimately decide. "I just don't think we need to have any elements of risk at the moment ... and if we can close off any of those loopholes it'll keep everyone safe." Queenslanders have been flocking to coronavirus testing clinics.(ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach)Contact tracers have reached out to 14 people who were seated near the embassy worker on the domestic flight.Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio said he got a fright when he was informed of the positive case.He said he believed no-one should be exempt from hotel quarantine measures."Anyone who is traveling to this nation from anywhere regardless of their status, they ought to have to do the same as anybody else," Councillor Antonio said.Queensland COVID-19 snapshot:Confirmed cases so far: 1,085Deaths: 6Tests conducted: 560,607Latest information from Queensland Health."They should have gone into home isolation or isolation of some sort the moment they got to Sydney or the moment they got to Maroochydore."But he said he was confident authorities in Toowoomba would manage the case properly."This is for real and we have to treat it that way," he said."But I'm absolutely confident the work the medical fraternity have done in Toowoomba and the overarching work that police have been doing, that we in Toowoomba are in a very good position."I'm fairly sure that in 14 days' time, hopefully Toowoomba will have a zero [cases]."For the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic read our coronavirus live blog.Long wait times for test resultsMs Palaszczuk also called on Queenslanders to continue to come forward for testing.Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the long wait times for results were due to the testing blitz prompted by the health alerts last week. Coronavirus questions answeredBreaking down the latest news and research to understand how the world is living through an epidemic, this is the ABC's Coronacast podcast.Read more"We are seeing a slight increase in the turnaround time. We will be working today to address that," Mr Miles said. Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said people were experiencing between 31 and 38-hour wait times for their results. "Rather than the 17 hours we were seeing ... it has extended out," Dr Young said. "We're working through to put some more resources in there to try and improve those turnaround times."The pressure is on that Logan-South Brisbane area, [but] not in the rest of the state to the same extent." Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says coronavirus tests now take up to 38 hours to return results.(AAP: Dan Peled)Queensland now has 12 active cases and 1,085 cases in total since the pandemic began, with seven people being treated in hospital.All 105 residents at the Bolton Clarke aged care facility have returned negative results.Dr Young said she expected to see more cases this week. "Everyone needs to be very, very careful," Dr Young said. "It's time to be really vigilant."Dr Young said anyone who gets tested must keep away from others. "It's extremely important that those people remain at home and isolate themselves until they get a result," she said. Read more about coronavirus:The story of hydroxychloroquine tells us everything that's wrong with 2020Governments are facing tough questions on how this has gone so terribly wrong. Here are some cluesIt comes as businesses in Far North Queensland were fined thousands of dollars by officials for not ensuring their workplaces were COVID-19 safe.The Cairns Tropical Public Health Service has revealed four Far Northern businesses, including eateries and licenced venues, have each received infringement notices for failing to remedy several breaches.Three of the businesses each received $6,670 fines, while a sole trader received a $1,134 fine.Police to carry out quarantine checksPolice Commissioner Katarina Carroll said four people were issued with notices to appear over the weekend, either for unlawfully entering the state or making a false declaration on their border pass.Three people remain under investigation for similar offences. Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says 250 Queenslanders have been placed in mandatory hotel quarantine over the weekend.(ABC News: Josh Bavas)Commissioner Carroll said police would be carrying out extra compliance checks on people in home quarantine over the next few days. "This is not just the normal auditing ... but also followed up with personal visits," she said.More than 250 Queenslanders have been placed into mandatory hotel quarantine, while more than 200 people have been refused entry into the state since more coronavirus hotspots were declared.Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreakDownload the ABC News app and subscribe to our range of news alerts for the latest on how the pandemic is impacting the worldOne person on the Gold Coast was issued an on-the-spot fine for a breach of quarantine over the weekend but police said it was a historical offence. Commissioner Carroll said Friday was a "difficult" day for border crossings as an influx of people tried to enter the state before the latest restrictions came into place on Saturday morning."That improved dramatically on Saturday and yesterday it was a lot better again so constantly improving," she said. Nearly 1,000 people refused in under a monthGold Coast Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said another 58 people were refused entry and turned around at road entries on the Gold Coast and three were turned away at Coolangatta airport over the weekend.He said 932 people have now been refused entry since midday on July 10, including 13 people at Gold Coast airports. 13 people have been refused entry into Queensland at Gold Coast airports.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)"Each and every one of those people... had been in a declared hotspot in the last 14 days or simply couldn't provide to us sufficient evidence that they hadn't been in a hotspot," he said."There is no system in the world that will prevent people from telling us untruths from time to time."But our officers and our partner agencies will remain incredibly diligent and with a heightened sense of vigilance."We'll be conducting more inspections, more interceptions and more random checks of people."Mr Wheeler said checkpoint delays decreased significantly over the weekend which he attributed to notifications being sent to border town residents to update their passes. 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