Queensland records three new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in Goondiwindi

Queensland has recorded three new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in Goondiwindi as the mayor of the southern border town says he is concerned about gatherings in northern New South Wales.Key points:Two of Queensland’s three new COVID-19 cases were infectious in the community for daysPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned the virus will “hunt out” unvaccinated peopleVaccination rates among Indigenous Queenslanders in the Far North is 30 per cent below the rest of the populationTwo of the new cases were not vaccinated and one had received their first dose and all are women aged in their teens, 20s and 30s.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said one of the latest cases was a contact of a known cluster and was not of concern.Another case had been in the community for five days but all of their household contacts had tested negative.The third case had been in the community for four days and had one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.The three are in hospital and will be taken to a COVID ward, most likely on the Gold Coast.Queensland COVID-19 snapshotIn the past 24 hours:Locally acquired cases: 3Other sources: 0Tests: 5,098Queensland’s vaccine rollout (percentage of those aged 16+):First dose: 78.5 per centSecond dose: 65.3 per centLatest case information from Queensland Health.Ms Palaszczuk said the cases show why it was so important to get vaccinated.”If you are unvaccinated and the virus comes into your community the virus will hunt you out,” she said.Ms Palaszczuk said Goondiwindi, which has a first dose rate of 93.1 per cent, was a “highly vaccinated community”.She said exposure sites would be added to the Queensland Health website later today.”The good news here, which is a relief, which means we don’t have to lock Goondiwindi down, is because of the high vaccination rate,” she said.Interstate parties concern mayorMs Palaszczuk said all the latest cases are believed to be linked to Moree, across the southern border in NSW.Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said they were not believed to have come from a Victorian truck driver who was in Goondiwindi last weekend for six hours.”There’s another person of interest that we’re aware of and that’s a lady that’s a resident of New South Wales, and is a New South Wales case, not one of ours, but she has been in Goondiwindi for a period of one day doing essential shopping,” he said.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemicGoondiwindi Regional Council Mayor Lawrence Springborg told ABC Brisbane that morning that “from the information I have” the positive COVID case, which was made public yesterday, was acquired interstate.”This was not acquired in our town,” he said. Goondiwindi Regional Mayor Lawrence Springborg said he believed the virus has come in through NSW.(ABC News: Stephen Cavenagh)”It was most likely acquired at one of the significant number of gatherings over the border in Moree last week and over last weekend.”Of course that’s a real concern for us.”My information speaking to my colleagues across the border is that there is a very significant growing number of cases relating to those gatherings last week, of which I understand that there was a very large proportion of unvaccinated people.”Minister heckled at media conferenceHealth Minister Yvette D’Ath held a media conference in Cairns this morning to promote vaccine uptake that was interrupted by a woman expressing concerns about vaccination. Health Minister Yvette D’Ath with a protester who disrupted the media conference.(Supplied)Ms D’Ath will head north to Mossman today as part of a drive to boost Indigenous vaccination rates, which is about about 30 per cent below the rest of the population.”People are so focussed on what the vaccine might do that they’re forgetting what the virus will do,” she said.However, Ms D’Ath said mandatory vaccinations that currently only apply to aged care workers, Queensland Health staff and the Queensland Police Service would not be implemented in other industries unless local government authorities put forward a case for it.Want more local news?We offer tailored front pages for local audiences in each state and territory. Find out how to opt in for more Queensland news.Read moreWhile there are still thousands of health staff unvaccinated, Ms D’Ath was confident those numbers will decrease.”We saw this with aged care that our numbers were very similar when we hit that deadline of mandatory vaccination … but now we have 100 per cent of our aged care work force that have had their first doses,” she said.The future remains unclear for those health staff who remain unvaccinated.”I expect over the next couple of weeks that we will have a lot of people stepping forward and getting vaccinated, but of course if they don’t they will have to explain to their individual hospitals and the HHS’ [hospital health services] why they don’t’ want to be vaccinated and we will have to work through what that will mean for their employment.”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:

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