Queensland has discovered a new locally acquired case of COVID-19 when authorities announced that the state will reintroduce border restrictions with the city of Lismore in New South Wales.
- From 6pm tonight, residents of the NSW city of Lismore will be shut out of Queensland
- A new home quarantine check-in system will be introduced in Queensland
- Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called on “jab army” to be vaccinated this weekend
The new locally acquired case at a St Thomas More College student linked to the Sunnybank home quarantine cluster, Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament.
“That student is in home quarantine and has not been contagious in the community, and once again I want to thank all the families who are still doing home quarantine, they keep Queenslanders safe,” she said.
Queensland authorities later stated that Lismore would be removed from the recently restored border bubble and become part of the restricted NSW border zone at 1 p.m. 18.00 tonight, after the city registered a positive case of COVID-19.
The positive case has sent the NSW city back in lockdown.
Health Chief Jeannette Young said the statement meant anyone who had been in the local government area for the past 14 days could not enter Queensland.
“Those currently in Queensland who have been in the Lismore area for the last 14 days should stand up, be tested and isolate until they get a negative result,” she said.
“We know that the situation can escalate rapidly with this virus and therefore it is important that we respond correctly.
“I understand it’s tough for some, but it’s necessary to make sure we can continue to protect the Queenslanders.”
More than 16,000 tests were conducted across Queensland yesterday.
“It’s great to see people who have symptoms go and get tested, we have to keep at it, Queensland,” the Premier said.
The state also registered two overseas acquired cases in hotel quarantine.
Mrs Palaszczuk once again stressed the importance of vaccinations and urged Queenslanders to get the COVID plug.
“Since June 16, New South Wales has registered 41,177 locally acquired COVID cases. Tragically, 198 people have died,” she said.
On Monday, significant workers from the area were allowed to return to Queensland after the lockdown was lifted over the weekend.
Queensland Health delivered more than 25,000 vaccines yesterday, a new record.
The extra doses mean that 57.63 percent of eligible Queenslanders have now had at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, while 39.35 percent have now had both doses.
On Thursday afternoon, four Runcorn State School students and their families went on home quarantine after allegedly mingling with teenagers from St Thomas More and Queensland Health announced new COVID-19 exposure sites at a stop in Goondiwindi after a truck driver tested positive.
New check-in system for home quarantine introduced
Anyone who goes into home quarantine as a close contact must now adhere to a new check-in system.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the system would “enable real-time monitoring of compliance”.
“For more than 18 months, text messages, phone calls, and random inspections for compliance have long been a hallmark of our home quarantine system, but as the virus evolves, so must our response,” she said.
D’Ath said the new system would allow authorities to identify potential violations and they would be assessed by police.
“The new system sends a random message to individuals who are in quarantine at least once a day while in quarantine,” she said.
“The message will have a hyperlink that requires individuals to open and respond within 10 minutes.
“This means that Queensland Health will be able to ensure that people in home quarantine are at the residence they are legally required to be at.”
Weekend vaccine blitz begins on football on Friday
The government yesterday announced a “super weekend” for vaccinations, where walk-ins would be accepted at community vaccination centers and people over 60 would be able to get the Pfizer jab.
“It doesn’t matter where you get your vaccine from, the important thing is that you get it.”
Mrs Palaszczuk said the blitz would start in Mackay tomorrow.
“The super vaccination weekend starts tomorrow night in Mackay, where football fans taking part in the Manly-Roosters match at BB Print Stadium will also be able to get their vaccine,” she said.
“We have also listened to Queenslanders and I have had many comments on my Facebook page, special lanes will also work for our over 70s and those who have issues with their mobility we will make sure they are cared for . “
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