Queensland records no new cases of COVID-19, Premier says border opening plan depends on vaccination and national plan



Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has again urged Queenslanders to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and signalled revised modelling due this week would determine the state’s path to reopening to people from New South Wales and Victoria.Ms Palaszczuk has come under pressure to commit to a plan to reopen the state’s borders as Queensland recorded another day with no new COVID-19 cases.Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the weekend said he could not see why Australians “should be kept from each other” if 80 per cent of the population is vaccinated.He said premiers need to honour the national plan so Australians can have “their lives back” by Christmas.”It’s important that we do move forward. We can’t stay in second gear. We’ve got to get to top gear in living with the virus … that’s where we need to be,” Mr Morrison said.Ms Palaszczuk said revised modelling from the Doherty Institute should be available by the end of the week.Queensland COVID-19 snapshotIn the past 24 hours:Locally acquired cases: 0Other sources: 0Tests: 5,922Queensland’s vaccine roll-out (percentage of those eligible):First dose: 63.78 per centSecond dose: 44.88 per centLatest information from Queensland Health.When asked if the state borders would open by December, the Premier said a national plan would be discussed at National Cabinet on Friday.”I look forward to those discussions with the Prime Minister and all of the other premiers,” she said.”We look forward to the day when all of Australia can open up and people can be reunited. But for that to happen, we need to make sure that people are vaccinated.”The Premier said while she understood tourism operators were doing it tough, an outbreak of the Delta variant of COVID-19 would be “catastrophic” to the Queensland economy.”What we’re seeing tragically in New South Wales and Victoria is people are in lockdown and there is no tourism,” she said.”We look forward to the day when all of Australia can open up and people can be reunited but for that to happen we need to make sure that people are vaccinated, that every eligible Australian can be offered that vaccine.”LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemicChief Health Officer Jeannette Young said businesses should prepare for fewer restrictions in the future.”The most important thing business can do is to be out there saying, ‘let’s get vaccinated’, because the more people who are vaccinated, the more likely we can remove those last remaining restrictions,” Dr Young said.”I’m so grateful to all of our health staff, they’ve been working very, very long hours to make sure that when people come forward, they get vaccinated so they do their absolute best and never turn anyone away.”New hubs on the Gold CoastThe state government will open two new vaccination hubs on the Gold Coast — at Tugun and at Coomera.”They’ll be able to do 2,500 vaccinations a day and that’ll increase to 3,000,” Ms Palaszczuk said.”They will open in two weeks’ time so the planning is happening now for that.”The Premier said it was encouraging to see school students getting vaccinated.Latest figures show 63.78 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have now had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 44.88 per cent have received both.Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 29 minutes 27 seconds29m Outbreak: How Australia lost control of the Delta variantWhat you need to know about coronavirus:Loading form…



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