No new local cases as Premier takes aim at Gold Coast vax rate

Queensland has recorded no new local COVID-19 cases today, despite three infections being picked up in the border town of Goondiwindi yesterday.

There are two new cases in hotel quarantine, but they were both acquired overseas so do not pose a risk.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has described today’s numbers as “fantastic news”.


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“We have zero new locally acquired cases, which is fantastic news, but of course we will be monitoring everything that’s happening in Goondiwindi,” the Premier said.

It comes after close to 12,000 people came forward for testing in the past 24 hours, including more than 245 people in Goondiwindi where there are now three cases linked to an outbreak just over the border in Moree.

The northern NSW town has now been excluded from the Queensland border bubble, with border crossings from Moree restricted even further for the next seven days.

“As you noticed, last night we tightened the restrictions of people being allowed to cross the border and those restrictions will be tightened even further today for essential purposes,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We will try and get supplies to those communities in NSW rather than them having to cross to get supplies into Queensland. We’d like to put this in place for the next seven days.”

The Premier has also confirmed visitors will be banned from hospitals and aged care facilities in Goondiwindi this weekend to protect the vulnerable.

“Health is going to be narrowing exemptions down quite considerably to keep that community safe, I just think it’s an extra precaution,” she said.

On the vaccination front, there are now 78.81 per cent of Queenslanders who have received one dose of the vaccine, while 65.81 per cent of people are now fully vaccinated.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Ms Palaszczuk again singled out the Gold Coast as one of the areas where vaccination rates need to rise.

As of Monday, the Gold Coast was sitting on 77.4 per cent first dose and 62.8 per cent second dose.

“They need to really lift their game, honestly, I am really really concerned,” the Premier said.

“The Sunshine Coast has much higher vaccination levels than the Gold Coast, and the Gold Coast is really close to the border.

“We’re seeing what’s happening at the moment in Goondiwindi and exactly the same could happen on the Gold Coast.

“So I’m urging all residents, even if you’re going to visit the Gold Coast for holidays, you should go and get vaccinated, it is really important because this Delta hunts down the unvaccinated.”

It comes as a number of Bunnings stores across the state prepare to again transform into vaccination hubs this weekend.

Five Bunnings on the Gold Coast will be taking part, including Arundel, Oxenford, Pimpama, Nerang and Robina.