No new local cases in QLD on Super Pfizer weekend 2.0

Queensland has gone another day with no new local cases of COVID-19 in the community.

Two new cases were detected in hotel quarantine involving returned travellers from Papua New Guinea.

A third case has been detected on a marine vessel that is currently off Cape York.


Authorities are waiting to assess the man to decide whether he needs to be brought ashore for treatment or whether he can be managed on the ship.

It comes after restrictions across southeast Queensland and in Townsville were eased on Friday afternoon after the state dodged another bullet.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young admits she doesn’t know how we keep avoiding a major outbreak.

“I’m perplexed but I’m really, really reassured that every time Queenslanders just do what is asked, so they come out in droves and get tested,” Dr Young said.

“Even yesterday we had a large number of people coming forward to get tested and I’ve always said it’s about finding the first case in a cluster and the only way we can do that is to come forward and get tested.”

Dr Young is urging Queenslanders to take advantage of the state’s second ‘Super Pfizer’ weekend.

Pop-up vaccination hubs are operating at 19 schools across the state including Ormeau Woods State High School and Pacific Pines State High School on the Gold Coast.

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“Please if you had your first dose three weekends ago come and have your second dose this weekend. Anyone who hasn’t had a first dose, now is genuinely the time to come and get vaccinated if you’re 12 years or older.

“We’ve done really well due to a tremendous amount of excellent work in not having spread from our last incursion but we just don’t know when the next one is going to happen and the thing that will protect us all the best and the most is to be vaccinated and to be fully vaccinated.”

Meantime Health Minister Yvette D’ath has lashed out at three Sydney men who illegally crossed the border to attend the NRL Grand Final.

The trio used incorrect border passes at a Gold Coast checkpoint last Saturday before going to the game in Brisbane on Sunday.

They’ve since been fined $4,135 each and sent home with officials confirming they have tested negative.

The men are reportedly friends of Panthers star Nathan Cleary although there’s no suggestion he knew of the breach.

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Ms D’ath described the breach as “appalling.”

“It is extremely disappointing because it doesn’t matter who you are, if you are sneaking across our borders you are putting our community at risk,” Ms D’ath said

“It doesn’t matter the reason why you’re becoming over if you haven’t got a lawful border pass and travel declaration you should not be crossing the border.”

Ms D’ath says she understands the men used Freight passes to cross the border.