Chinese international students stuck offshore due to border closures face shame, family tension and pressure to give up their dreams of studying in Australia. Some are even being urged to get married.
Closing borders is a popular policy in the UK, but it brings limited effectiveness at great human cost.
Analysis of smartphone data shows why countries need to coordinate border closures to stop the spread of the new variant.
States and territories have reacted to the Sydney COVID outbreak with varying degrees of travel restrictions. But border closures are a blunt tool, given almost all cases are linked to known hotspots.
As Labor's Annastacia Palaszczuk and the LNP's Deb Frecklington vie for Queenslanders' votes, leadership, COVID and economic recovery are set to dominate debate.
With Justice Rangiah finding the border closures are safer in stopping the spread of COVID-19 than alternatives, Palmer will now take his challenge to the High Court on constitutional grounds.
Annastacia Palaszczuk has benefited from leading Queensland – and doing it well – during the coronavirus pandemic, placing her in a strong position ahead of the October state election.