Queensland records zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19, two detected in hotel quarantine

Queensland has recorded zero new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as authorities look into contact tracing efforts after an infected traveller transited through Brisbane Airport on their way to the Northern Territory.Key points:The traveller spent four hours in transit at Brisbane Airport while infectiousPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk is confident Queensland has ticked over to 60 per cent with a first dose of vaccineAnyone who visited the domestic terminal on September 17 is asked to check the exposure sties listTwo new cases of COVID-19 were detected in hotel quarantine – one flew in from overseas, while the other arrived from New South Wales on September 17 and had had two doses of vaccine.Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the positive traveller from NSW, whose case was detected in hotel quarantine, had flown into the state on flight QF516 on September 17.”We’re pretty confident there’s low risk in relation to that case,” she said.Queensland COVID-19 snapshotIn the past 24 hours:Locally acquired cases:  0Other sources: 2 (one from NSW, one from overseas)Tests: 8,531Queensland’s vaccine roll-out (percentage of those eligible):First dose: 59.77 per centSecond dose: 41.47 per centLatest information from Queensland Health.Ms D’Ath said the person who tested positive in the Northern Territory spent about four hours in Brisbane’s domestic airport on his route after flying in from Newcastle.”We are just having a look – that person arrived on [flight] JQ484 at 5:10pm on the 17th,” Ms D’Ath said.”We will potentially be putting up information about the length of time that that person was there and the gate they left from.”The flight they came in on was deemed a red flight anyway, but we’re just wanting to make sure that that person, in the four hours they were at the domestic airport, did not move around very far and whether they went to any food courts or any other areas.”Ms D’Ath asked anyone who visited the domestic terminal of Brisbane Airport on September 17 to check Queensland Health’s contact tracing site for updates.’Unprecedented demand’ over ‘super Pfizer’ weekendSpeaking in Hervey Bay, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 56,907 vaccine doses were administered over Queensland’s so-called “super Pfizer” weekend.”That’s the equivalent of the entire population of Harvey Bay [being] vaccinated,” she said.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemicShe said she was confident the state had now reached 60 per cent of Queenslanders with a first dose of vaccine.Just over 41 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have been fully vaccinated.Ms Palaszczuk said they would consider another “super Pfizer” weekend, considering the demand for walk-ins, which was so high in some places clinics had to turn people away from hubs.”There was just unprecedented demand, like no-one could have foreseen the amount of people that were turning up there,” she 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 moreWhen asked about Queensland’s roadmap out pandemic, Ms Palaszczuk said vaccinations were important to “protect our lifestyle”.”If you look at their [NSW and Victoria’s] roadmaps, their roadmaps are actually less than what we are enjoying in Queensland at the moment,” she said.”If you get vaccinated and we get high rates of vaccination in Queensland, we won’t have to go backwards, we want to go forwards.”She said a plan to re-open interstate borders would depend on when the national vaccination rate met certain thresholds, with National Cabinet expecting further modelling from the Doherty Institute.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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