No new cases in Qld as vaccine push hits tourist hotspots

Queensland appears to have dodged another COVID outbreak with no new local cases recorded overnight.

Officials are now growing increasingly confident that a Gold Coast man who was infectious for 10 days has not infected anyone else in the community.

The 36-year-old man remains seriously ill in hospital and is still too unwell to talk.


Police have been investigating whether the man illegally crossed the border after recently being in Melbourne.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy has confirmed they have almost finished looking into the man’s movements.

“We’ve primary almost wrapped up our investigation there. We will just wait now to speak to that gentleman who’s in the hospital and we’ll take any action we consider appropriate,” Deputy Commissioner Chelepy said on Sunday.

However, parts of Queensland’s far west have been put on alert after a number of people from interstate illegally crossed the border before two of them later tested positive.

Queensland is continuing its vaccination push with plans to roll out pop-up clinics at tourist hotspots across the state to coincide with Brisbane’s long weekend.

It comes after more nearly 28,000 jabs were administered by Queensland Health on ‘Super Saturday’, with around 13,500 jabs done at more than 100 schools across the state.

Queensland officially hit 60 per cent double dose vaccination on Saturday as the state strives for 80 per cent before borders are due to open on December 17.

More than 20 Surf Life Saving Clubs across the state will host vaccine hubs next weekend as they prepare for an influx of visitors from Brisbane.

The list of participating clubs will be finalised before the weekend.

Theme parks including Movie World, Sea World, Dreamworld and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast along with Australia Zoo and Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast will also take part in the initiative.

“Our current strategy of having more pop-up locations closer to where people are and where they will be is making it convenient for folk, so lots of people are going and getting vaccinated,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

“We see next weekend as a great opportunity. We really need to see as many people with their first doses by next weekend so we can achieve those targets.

“So those theme parks in addition to the 20 Surf Lifesaving Clubs making it easy to make your plans for next week. Plan to go to the beach and plan to get vaccinated while you’re there.”