No new local cases in Qld as state edges towards another vaccine milestone

QUEENSLAND has gone another day without a new local case of COVID-19.

Just two cases were detected across the state out of 7,087 tests, both in hotel quarantine.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state had almost passed the 70 per cent first dose vaccination rate – with 69.7 per cent receiving their first dose.


“We’re almost getting to that 70 per cent,” she said.

It’s hoped the state will tick over the mark by the end of the day.

The news comes as health experts continue to heap pressure on the Premier to confirm what the rate needs to reach in order for the state to open back up to the rest of the country.

They argue the lack of a perceived COVID-19 threat, caused by the closed borders, is to blame for the state’s slow vaccine uptake and a clearer picture of the future would increase uptake at a much faster rate.

However, the Premier again refused to provide any clarity when pressed by reporters on Sunday.

“We will open up when it is safe to do so and when every eligible Queenslander has had a chance to have a vaccine,” she said.

“The best way you can protect yourself, your family, and your community is to get vaccinated.”