One new local case as Qld defends border exemption backlog

Queensland has recorded one new local COVID-19 case in the past 24 hours, but officials are confident it does not pose a risk.

The new case is linked to the Sunnybank cluster and has been in home quarantine for their entire infectious period.

The young child tested positive on day 14 of home quarantine, which means the family will now have to start quarantine all over again.


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The State’s Health Minister said the new case indicates how important the two week isolation period is.

“So, what that shows, it is so important when people are isolating, they do their full 14 days and do all those tests,” Yvette D’Ath said.

“We thank the family… We know this is difficult to get a test result like this right at the end of your quarantine period”.

Ms D’Ath also defended the State Government’s border exemption process after it was revealed thousands of people are still waiting to find out when they will be let into Queensland.

There are currently almost 3000 applications for border exemptions being considered.

“We’re working through that as soon as possible,” Ms D’Ath said.

“I appreciate people are eager to come back to Queensland, but most of these people have actually gone interstate knowing what the rules were.

“We can’t be complacent. We understand people’s frustration, but we are asking people who are stuck interstate to work with us while we try and build capacity.

“We have to manage the risk… Today’s case is another example, here’s a household… day 14… that has tested positive.

“So it is not low risk, it is a real risk that people are losing their lives so we have to keep this in mind in every decision that we make.”

More than 9,729 people came forward for testing in the past 24 hours, with more than 22,336 vaccines administered across the state.

More than 62 per cent of Queenslanders have now had their first dose, while 43 per cent are fully vaccinated.

More to come.