Queensland records zero local COVID-19 cases as authorities monitor response to northern NSW case



Queensland has recorded zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one was detected in hotel quarantine.Key points:Authorities are monitoring the state’s border bubble with NSW after a positive case in the Byron Bay areaShe says she will wait to hear an update from NSW before making any changes to the border statusThe Premier described reports of Queensland not opening until 90 per cent are fully vaccinated as “misinformation”Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said authorities were concerned about a new case that had been infectious in the northern New South Wales region but there were no changes being made to border restrictions yet.The person tested positive on Monday afternoon after being infections in the Byron, Ballina and Tweed areas between September 18 and 20.Ms Palaszczuk said authorities were concerned about the new case, which has placed the state’s border bubble with NSW under the spotlight.”We are going to wait to see what New South Wales does at 11 o’clock,” the Premier said, referring to the state’s daily press conference.”But we just need to be ready if NSW does anything in relation to that Byron Bay area.”Queensland COVID-19 snapshotIn the past 24 hours:Locally acquired cases:  0Other sources: 1Tests: 9,787Queensland’s vaccine roll-out (percentage of those eligible):First dose: 60.32 per centSecond dose: 41.76 per centLatest information from Queensland Health.The border bubble was reinstated just eight days ago.Ms Palaszczuk said the Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young would monitor the situation closely.”The concern is of course if there are cases in northern NSW that would present a real risk to the southern parts of the Gold Coast where I have thousands of families holidaying,” Ms Palaszczuk said.”It’s a wait and see at the moment.”Several local government areas (LGA) in NSW have been removed from the recently reinstated border bubble after new cases were recorded in regional areas.Follow along with the latest COVID-19 news in our live blogResidents in the LGAs of Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, City of Broken Hill, Glen Innes Severn Shire, Lismore City or the Unincorporated Far West have since been removed from the bubble and are now considered restricted zones.NSW residents who have been in restricted zones can only cross the border for a permitted purpose.Palaszczuk dismisses 90pc vaccination reopening plan ‘misinformation’Ms Palaszczuk dismissed reports Queensland will not reopen its borders until 90 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.”No … that is misinformation,” the Premier said.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 more”Let me say categorically, National Cabinet is working on a national plan.”We are waiting on further information to come from the Doherty modelling to National Cabinet in a fortnight’s time.”We need to get as any people as possible vaccinated to protect our lifestyle, to protect our freedoms.”More than 60 per cent of Queenslanders have had their first dose of a COVID vaccine, while more than 41 per cent have now had their second.A total of 9,787 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, while 29 cases remain active across the state.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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