One day after easing COVID-19 restrictions, Queensland has again registered no new locally acquired cases in the state.
- Two overseas acquired cases were discovered in hotel quarantine and another in a ship offshore
- D’Ath said it was “extremely disappointing” that three men had crossed the border into the NRL final, but that they had since tested negative
- The health chief said Queenslanders’ willingness to be tested had helped prevent major outbreaks
There were three foreign-acquired cases, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath announced.
Queensland has 34 active cases with 11,284 tests conducted yesterday.
Queensland Health conducted 20,811 vaccinations at hubs yesterday, putting the state at 69.27 percent first doses and 51.06 percent second doses.
“It’s great that … these numbers are really starting to creep up now and we want to encourage every single person, no matter where you live in Queensland, to come out and get vaccinated,” D’Ath said.
Speaking from Deception Bay State High School, Ms. D’Ath said the students were a great example.
“There are a number of colleges operating across Queensland today as an attempt to see if people can get out and get vaccinated.
“Pop down to your local high school, get a sausage freeze, support the school and get vaccinated.
“I have three school students behind me now, all of whom have been vaccinated, and they are a great role model for our community.”
Ms D’Ath said that because it took a few weeks for the vaccines to become effective, people had to get the plug before any outbreaks.
“It will take five to six weeks before people are fully protected.
“If they are vaccinated today, we do not know what five or six weeks will look like in November.
“We do not know, with the virus still in New South Wales and ACT and Victoria, we do not know what is coming, but we know that the virus will eventually come here and it will spread to our society, so let vaccinate you now. “
The health minister said reports of three men crossing the border from New South Wales to take part in the NRL final last weekend were “extremely disappointing”.
“I’m still getting the details of this, but it’s extremely disappointing because it does not matter who you are, if you sneak across our borders, you put our society at risk, and it does not matter why , “she said.
“If you do not have a legal border card and a travel statement to come, you should not cross the border.”
She said the men had all tested negative for COVID-19.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the two of the overseas cases were discovered in hotel quarantine in Brisbane and had recently returned from Papua New Guinea.
The third case was a seafarer on a ship that left Indonesia a week ago, off the north coast of Cape York.
Dr. Young said she hoped many people used this “Super Pfizer weekend 2.0” to get their second vaccination dose.
“If you had your first dose three weekends ago, come and get your second dose this weekend,” she said.
“Anyone who has not had a first dose is now really time to come and get vaccinated if you are 12 years or older because we have done really well due to a huge amount of excellent work of not having spread from our last intrusion. But we just do not know when the next one will happen. “
Queensland’s ability to avoid major outbursts ‘confusing’ for CHO
Dr. Young said she was impressed with the way the Queenslanders had come forward to be tested when there was a threat of an outbreak.
She said it was fortunate that the state had avoided large case numbers despite interventions in the Delta variant across the border.
“I’m confused, but I’m really, really assured that the Queenslanders every single time just do what’s asked, so they come out in droves and get tested,” said Dr. Young.
“Even yesterday we had a large number of people standing up to be tested, and I have always said that it is about finding the first case in a cluster, and the only way we can do that is to people come up and get tested – people who would not dream that they have COVID who just think: ‘Oh, I have a cold, I’d better go and be tested’, but have not been near anyone or think there is some reason they have Understood.
“That’s why I think it’s made the biggest difference that people are just ready to go out and be tested.
“So I think that’s probably one of the biggest differences in Queensland.”
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