No new cases as Qld declares southern Tasmania a COVID hotspot

No new local COVID-19 cases have been detected in Queensland for the eleventh day in a row.

Three new overseas-acquired infections have been picked up, but they were detected in hotel quarantine so don’t pose a risk.

It brings the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Queensland to 29.


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Meantime, the State’s top doctor has confirmed Queensland will declare southern Tasmania a hotspot after it was plunged into a snap three-day lockdown overnight.

From 1am tomorrow, anyone arriving into Queensland from southern Tasmanian local government areas will need to go into hotel quarantine.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said Queenslanders who have already arrived or are arriving before 1am tomorrow “should remain alert and get tested immediately if they experience any symptoms.”

A list of exposure sites linked to the case of concern in Tasmania can be found here.

“Anyone who has been to a COVID-19 exposure site in Tasmania during the risk period must get tested and quarantine,” Dr Young said.

“Anyone who is planning to visit Tasmania should reconsider their need to travel”.

In some encouraging news, Dr Young also confirmed that NSW’s announcement about scrapping quarantine for fully-vaccinated travellers will not change Queensland’s roadmap to reopening.

“No, because the principles are the same,” Dr Young said.

“The principle is that we want to get everyone vaccinated and when that happens we know we will have cases here in Queensland, they will come in, as long as everyone’s vaccinated that won’t be an issue.

“But we won’t be able to open up and remove all restrictions until we have very high vaccination rates.”

At least 71.73 per cent of Queenslanders have now had one dose, while 55.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.