Queensland has recorded another double donut day, with no new COVID-19 cases both locally and in hotel quarantine.
The number of active cases in the state has also dropped dramatically, down to just four active infections.
Speaking from a school in Morayfield taking part in the weekend vaccination blitz, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath described today’s numbers as “astonishing”.
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“It is the result of the great work of all Queenslanders doing the right thing, making sure that they’re staying safe and coming out and getting tested”.
Ms D’Ath also revealed that there are about 2243 people who have flown into the sunshine state and are now in home quarantine.
In the past 24 hours, more than 14,992 people rolled up their sleeves to get the jab in a Queensland health facility, while around 3922 doses were administered at schools across the state.
Currently, 84.35 per cent of Queenslanders have had one dose, while 73.06 per cent are fully vaccinated.
It comes as Ms D’Ath confirmed the state would not be scrapping the controversial requirement for travellers to provide a COVID-19 test before entering Queensland, even once we hit 80 per cent double dose.
“We have to remember that still means one in five eligible Queenslanders 16 and older are unvaccinated,” she said.
“We have children under the age of 12 who are not fully vaccinated yet, so we have to make sure we are still protecting that community”.
When questioned whether or not PCR tests could be replaced with a cheaper version, like a rapid antigen test, Ms D’Ath said they would be guided by health advice, not price.
“As far as what tests people need to undertake, we will take the advice of AHPPC and our health officers here in Queensland in advising what tests should be taken,” she said.
“We don’t want to swap tests just because one might be cheaper.
“We understand that it comes at a financial cost for people from interstate to go to a private pathologist to get a test.
“I think this is something that the Morrison government should seriously consider whether they should be heavily subsiding these tests so that people can move around our country more freely,” Ms D’Ath added.
“This is a health response, the economic response should follow from that.”