Queensland records one new Covid case

Queensland records one new Covid case

Queensland has recorded one new Covid case as Annastacia Palaszczuk considers restrictions on unvaccinated people.

The premier says those decisions are currently up to individual businesses, but public health orders restricting unvaccinated people, such as those in NSW and Victoria, could be issued in future.

‘What we will see in the future across Australia may be, until the vaccination levels are consistent across the nation, you will see some measures we’ll put in that only vaccinated people will be able to go to certain venues,’ she told reporters on Friday.

‘You’re seeing that in New South Wales and Victoria at the moment.

‘I don’t want to pre-empt what’s happening in Queensland but you could see businesses do that, you could see large festivals for example saying to young people: ‘You can only come here if you are vaccinated’.

‘So it’s in everyone’s interest to get vaccinated.’

Ms Palaszczuk said the government could consider public health orders restricting unvaccinated people from certain venues and premises in coming months.

Her comments came as the state recorded one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 on Saturday.

On Thursday two women and a teenager, only one of whom had had one jab, were recorded as cases.

They had recently visited the northern NSW town of Moree, where an outbreak has grown to at least 33 cases. 

Queensland cut the Moree Plains Shire from its border bubble and will further restrict cross-border travel exemptions to only certain ‘essential purposes’ for the next seven days.

‘We will try and get supplies to those communities in NSW rather than having to cross to get supplies into Queensland,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.

The premier said hospital and aged care visitors would be banned from those facilities in Goondiwindi this weekend as well, as a precaution.

The town is unlikely to be locked down due to high vaccination rates, with 90.9 per cent of eligible Goondiwindi residents having had one jab and 81.5 per cent fully vaccinated.

Overall, 66.3 per cent of eligible Queenslanders are fully vaccinated, and 79.1 per cent have had one dose.

Meanwhile, the Queensland government has declared the Katherine region a hotspot from 12:01am Saturday following advice from their Northern Territory counterparts.

A three-day lockdown in Katherine and a lockout in Greater Darwin are scheduled until midnight on Sunday after a second case was diagnosed in the Top End.

Anyone arriving in Queensland who has been in the Katherine region since Thursday will have to isolate.

People who enter from the region before 6pm on Saturday will need to home quarantine until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.

Those who arrive in Queensland from Katherine after 6pm Saturday will need to isolate in a hotel until the hotspot status is lifted or 14 day quarantine is completed.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken says anyone who enters the state who has been in Katherine since Thursday can’t enter “vulnerable facilities” in Queensland including prisons, aged care facilities disability accommodation services or hospitals until further notice.

Source: DailyMail


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