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    Western Australia will reinstate its hard border with Queensland from midnight tonight, WA Premier Mark McGowan has announced.

    After midnight, only travellers with an exemption will be allowed into WA from Queensland, with Greater Brisbane due to enter lockdown at 6:00pm.

    All travellers who arrived in WA from Queensland since January 2 — around 7,500 people — have also been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of their arrival.

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