Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Queensland has registered zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19, with only one case detected in hotel quarantine.

It comes after a passenger who flew into Queensland without a valid border card tested positive on COVID-19 on Saturday.

Queensland Health announced Brisbane Airport as a close point of contact over the weekend after a person from New South Wales landed at the domestic terminal on Saturday morning.

“They are no risk to the community here, but the airport itself is a point of exposure around this gate,” said Health Minister Yvette D’Ath.

Health director Jeannette Young said airports “were always a higher risk”.

“They did not have the right border card, so the police administered them and they went into hotel quarantine overnight,” said Dr. Young.

“Next morning, [they] returned to Sydney on Qantas flight 509.

“We ask people who were at that departure gate … to come forward and be tested.”

Queensland Health has also confirmed that a man in his 40s is being treated for COVID-19 in an intensive care unit at a Queensland hospital.

Dr. Jeannette Young gestures as she speaks at a media conference.
Health director Jeannette Young says airports are always “higher risk”.(ABC News: Lucas Hill)

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said anyone coming across the border without the appropriate passports “will be picked up”.

“That person was placed in … hotel quarantine and returned the next day,” he said.

“We will review whether to take enforcement action.”

‘Time out’

Queensland has not registered a locally acquired case since Oct. 5, when parts of the state’s southeast and Townsville eased some restrictions on Friday.

There have been 6,825 COVID tests over the last 24 hours, with 21,712 vaccines administered yesterday, meaning Queensland today passed the 70 percent mark for over-16s who received their first bite.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tweeted on Monday afternoon a confirmation that the 70 percent mark had been reached.

“This is a big step towards our goal of 80 percent double doses for Queenslanders,” she tweeted.

“We need as many Queenslanders vaccinated as possible so we make it easy to get the plug.”

Ms D’Ath said earlier that the number of Queenslanders vaccinated over the weekend had not yet been confirmed, but that she was “absolutely certain” that 70 percent of the population has now received their first dose of a COVID vaccine.

“Commonwealth is not reporting this weekend, so when we get that update today from Commonwealth – we’m pretty sure,” she said.

Dr. Young said it was a great weekend for vaccination, with 18 schools opening as pop-up sites, with more than 4,000 people receiving a COVID jab.

“There are so many places you can be vaccinated today,” said Dr. Young.

The state today began its home quarantine trial for up to 1,000 returning Queensland residents stuck in interstate COVID-19 hotspots.

Dr. Young said the process will only be available to Queenslanders who have been fully vaccinated.

“If there’s any Queenslander out there in one of the hotspots in Victoria, New South Wales or ACT, you should immediately … and get vaccinated.

“That’s what is required of people who want to come back to Queensland and have that opportunity.”

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