Two new cases in Qld, CHO ‘recalibrating’ border plans after NSW quarantine decision

Queensland has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 but health officials have said both are of little concern to the community.

The first is a flight crew member who was tested in hotel quarantine but didn’t receive their result until after they had left.

They are now on their way to Papua New Guinea.

“So that’s one case of no risk to Queensland but a risk out there, so we’ll manage that,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

The other case is a fully vaccinated truck driver who travelled into Queensland from Victoria.

“He arrived coming through the Goondiwindi border area,” Dr Young said.

“Coming through Ipswich he got a phone call from Victoria, he immediately pulled over, contacted us and he’s now in the Prince Charles Hospital.

“So he’s been no risk to anyone at all. He’s totally asymptomatic.

“I thank him very, very much for what he did to respond so quickly.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Health Officer has admitted she may need to “recalibrate” her thinking about the reopening of the border after New South Wales announced it would reopen to the world on November 1.

It means fully vaccinated travellers would be allowed to enter the southern state without having to quarantine, either in a hotel or at home.

Unvaccinated travellers will still have to undergo quarantine requirements.

When asked about what it meant for Queensland, Dr Young said she still had to look over the announcement in full.

“There’s just been an enormous change this morning that I haven’t been able to get my head around so I need to go and work out what that change means,” she told reporters.

“It’s not just a change that will impact on NSW .. it then leads to a flow on to every other state.

“So I just need to re-calibrate my thinking that I’ve been coming to over the last few weeks.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath was also asked if the announcement by NSW will see the government hesitate to reopen the borders

“No,” Ms D’Ath said.

“We will look at what is happening here in Queensland and our vaccination rates and the measures that we can take to keep Queenslanders safe

“That’s been our priority.

“We’re concentrating on, when the virus comes to Queensland, and it will, what are we doing to protect our community.”

Ms D’Ath said there was still a lot of discussions that need to be had about what the NSW decision means for the rest of the country.

“They’ve just announced this, this morning,” she said.

“Scott Morrison’s going to have to explain how he sees this working in one single state when it’s international borders

“And I hope this is discussed at a national level with all the Premiers.”

Ms D’Ath still refused to give any hint as to when the state government would open the borders back up, insisting that decision was down to the people of Queensland.

“How quickly we open our borders domestically and internationally is in the hands of Queenslanders,” she said.

“You can decide, go out and get vaccinated today

“That is the one thing that we need to protect our community

“We can provide the pop-up clinics, the mass vaccination centres, the pharmacies and the GPs.

“We can provide the vaccine but we can’t drag people in to get vaccinated, that is up to you as Queenslanders.

“What sort of Christmas do you want to see? What kind of 2022 do you want to see?”