Some encouraging news for Queensland today, with no new local cases recorded across the whole state.
There’s also been zero infections in hotel quarantine, in a double-donut day for the sunshine state.
It comes after more than 9212 people came forward for testing in the past 24 hours.
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However, the Gold Coast has again been singled out by Health Minister Yvette D’Aath, with officials still concerned about the two mystery cases that emerged in the city this week.
“Please keep coming out and getting tested, a particular call out for the Gold Coast, because we still have those unlinked cases where we want to identify if there is anyone else that is moving around the community that may have the virus,” Ms D’Ath said.
In some encouraging signs, Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Peter Aitken said testing rates on the Gold Coast have doubled in recent days.
“It’s good news today, there are zero new cases and that is particularly important for the Gold Coast,” he said.
“There has been an increase in testing, it’s over double the testing numbers that have happened at Gold Coast and with that there are no new cases.
“It’s important that continues… We’re still not out of the woods yet, we have a long way to go and we really encourage anyone on the Gold Coast, if you have symptoms, please come forward and get tested.”
The Sunshine State is inching closer to the 70 per cent fully vaccinated milestone, which will trigger the early easing of some border restrictions.
A total of 81.11 per cent of Queenslanders have now had their first dose, while 69.39 per cent are fully vaccinated.
More than 17,227 people have come forward for the jab in past 24 hours alone, marking the third straight day vaccines numbers have been over 17,000.
“What that shows is that the Palaszczuk Government’s policy to mandate the vaccine for a number of hospitality and different venues is making a difference and encouraging people to come out and get vaccinated,” Ms D’Ath said.
“We know these are difficult decisions, but it is so important that we do what we can to get people coming out and getting vaccinated.
“This will support our businesses in keeping their doors open by knowing that they have a lower chance of having an outbreak across their staff, and of course, knowing that their patrons are coming in and are fully vaccinated.”