No new local cases as Qld continues chasing 70% first jab rate

QUEENSLAND has recorded no new local COVID-19 cases, after it was revealed a Sydney man travelled to Brisbane Airport while infectious.

There was one new cases detected in hotel quarantine which was acquired overseas.

There have been 6,825 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.


Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said there were still some concerns about the infected traveller who sparked Public Health Alerts at Brisbane Airport.

Dr Young said the person arrived on VA917 into Brisbane Airport on Friday

“They didn’t have the right border pass so police managed them and they went into hotel quarantine overnight at the Novotel at Brisbane Airport,” she said.

They were forced to return to Sydney the following morning on Qantas flight 509.

“So, we are asking people at that departure gate at that part of the airport to come forward and get tested,” Dr Young said.

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Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the matter was being investigated.

“We’ll review whether any enforcement action needs to be taken,” he said.

Queensland Health has delivered 21,712 vaccine doses were also administered in the last 24 hours.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed that 69.98 per cent of those eligible have now had a first dose and 52.25 per cent are fully vaccinated.

“So today we are going to hit 70 per cent,” she said.

The Premier declared it was another successful ‘Super Pfizer Weekend’ across the state, with Queensland Health administering 47,221 vaccines over the past two days.

Meanwhile, there’s more confusion about when the state will reopen its borders after the Health Minister admitted it may not come down to a vaccination target.

When quizzed by journalists, Yvette D’Ath admitted the coming weeks would be crucial.

“The target is we don’t want to get to 400 deaths that we have seen in less than four months in NSW,” Ms Dath said.

“If someone wants to target, the target is getting yourself protected in the next five to six weeks.”