No new local cases as Queensland’s border closes to Victoria

Some good news for Queensland today, with no new local COVID-19 cases detected.

Just one new case has been picked up in hotel quarantine, but authorities are not concerned.

It comes after more than 14,000 people came forward for testing in the past 24 hours.


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Today’s numbers are an encouraging sign after the State’s top doctor yesterday revealed Queensland was now dealing with two new outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta strain.

“I’m quite convinced that we have today in Queensland two new outbreaks, they are not related to all of the other outbreaks that we were dealing with,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young told reporters on Friday.

One involves a 12-year-old boy and his parents, with their infections believed to have been picked up in hotel quarantine in Sydney.

While the other involves a Brisbane International Airport worker, who has also tested positive to the Delta strain, with mystery surrounding how the worker acquired it.

Queensland’s border is now shut to the whole state of Victoria in a bid to prevent any further virus cases leaking into the sunshine state.

The COVID-19 hotspot declaration kicked in at 1.00am on Saturday.

Queensland residents can still return home, but will have to endure two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine.

Around 12 million Australian’s are now locked out of Queensland, with Greater Sydney and surrounding suburbs also banned.