Today's Sylvia Jeffreys bursts into tears live on air: 'Just gorgeous'

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Sylvia Jeffreys broke down on Today while watching as families reunite in Queensland after the state border opened for the first time in 141 days.

After footage of a woman reuniting with her daughter and her grandchildren for the first time in a long while, Sylvia burst into tears and said, "It's just gorgeous."

Sylvia Jeffreys broke down in tears on Today
Sylvia Jeffreys broke down in tears on Today after seeing video of Queenslanders reuniting with family after the state opened its borders. Photo: Nine

"It's so nice seeing everyone coming back together again. Let's move on before I really ugly cry."

Sylvia, who is from Queensland, has been unable to travel back home from Sydney and see her family for almost five months, like countless others.

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"Everyone's just got so used to being separated over this period of time," she said. "To see everyone back together, it must be so surreal for them."

No doubt it's been tough for Sylvia, who welcomed her second baby boy Henry with Peter Stefanovic earlier this year, to not be able to see her family when her son is so young.

It is believed that up to 50,000 vehicles crossed the Queensland/New South Wales border today to be some of the first to get into the state.

90,000 people are expected to cross the border by plane and car every single day.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski believes drivers will likely account for the majority, with 60,000 cars entering the state.

It's a huge increase on the 20,000 people who crossed the border every day when they were closed in July.

Sylvia and husband Peter Stefanovic welcomed their second son Henry earlier this year, with the Today host unable to see her family in Queensland for some time. Photo: Instagram/Sylvia Jeffreys
Sylvia and husband Peter Stefanovic welcomed their second son Henry earlier this year, with the Today host unable to see her family in Queensland for some time. Photo: Instagram/Sylvia Jeffreys

"What we will see will be more than double that," Gollschewski said. "We could see up to 60,000 vehicles (crossing into Queensland) per day."

Arrivals by plane are expected to jump from 18,000 to 30,000 a day.

Around 500 police officers have been deployed to check cars and vaccine passes in what is the state's biggest police operation since the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Queensland's tourism suffered greatly with the border being shut for 435 days over the course of the pandemic.

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