Queensland records no new COVID-19 cases as Health Minister defends quarantine requirements for overseas arrivals

Queensland’s Health Minister is standing firm on a decision to require hotel quarantine for returning overseas travellers after state borders open up to people from interstate COVID-19 hotspots next month.It comes as Queensland records another day of no new cases in the state, however new exposure site details have been listed for a Goondiwindi truck stop after a truck driver passed through on the weekend before testing positive interstate.Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has hit back at criticism the state’s international-traveller quarantine plans are out of line with other states that have already resumed quarantine-free international travel.Queensland COVID-19 snapshotIn the past 24 hours:Locally acquired cases: 0Other sources: 0Tests: 9,545Queensland’s vaccine rollout (percentage of those aged 16+):First dose: 78.2 per centSecond dose: 64.7 per centLatest case information from Queensland Health.Queensland is inching closer to reaching its target of 80 per cent vaccination of Queenslanders over 16, at which point quarantine would no longer be required for people arriving from interstate hotspots.International arrivals will need to quarantine until the vaccination rate hits 90 per cent.Ms D’Ath said she would not be swayed.”Until that time the risk is too great,” she said.”What other states are choosing to do in letting people come in, that is their prerogative,” she said.”But while we have this rule, if they have travelled overseas on the last 14 days and seek to come into Queensland before that 14 days is up, they will have to quarantine in some way.”How will Queensland reopen its borders?Will you and your loved ones be able to unite this festive season under Queensland’s border deadline plans? Here’s a quick guide.Read moreMs D’Ath said 64.71 per cent of Queenslanders over 16 were fully vaccinated against the virus and 78.21 per cent had received their first dose of a vaccine.Victoria and New South Wales, which have a much higher vaccination rate, have scrapped mandatory quarantine requirements for international arrivals.”The difference between Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria right now is they’ve got far higher vaccination rates,” Ms D’Ath said.”Thirty per cent of our population are not double dosed … so we need to get the vaccination rates higher.”That’s the difference.” Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken encouraged more people to get their COVID vaccinations to ensure less of the disease in Queensland.Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken retaining the restrictions was “about managing the risk”. “It means we have less people of that high-risk group coming into Queensland and less likelihood that we will get those cases appearing in Queensland, which means less risk to our community and less impact to our hospital system,” he said.New COVID-19 exposure sites listedLIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemicThe interstate driver was infectious while in Queensland on October 31 and has since left the state, Queensland Health said in a statement.Anyone who was at the Goondiwindi BP Truckstop on the Cunningham Highway between 10:30am and 11:00am has been told to get tested for the virus.Goondiwindi has one of the highest vaccination rates in Queensland.What you need to know about coronavirus:Loading form…

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