Queensland remains on track to open its borders when 80 per cent of the eligible population over 16 are fully vaccinated that is despite the mounting threat of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Five new cases of COVID-19 were detected in QLD overnight – all five have travelled through Pakistan and are staying as a family unit in hotel quarantine.

It comes as Australia shuts its borders to nine southern African countries and at least two cases of Omicron were detected in Sydney on Sunday.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said health experts are monitoring the situation closely but plans to ease the state border restrictions in December remain.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles speaking at a press conference