Queensland records no new COVID-19 cases as Premier calls for end to 'attacks' over reopening
Queensland has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 a day after the state was put on high alert when it was announced a truck driver tested positive after travelling to New South Wales.Key points:
- The Premier said now is the time to get vaccinated, before any future outbreaks
- She said she would not be making any decisions on opening up until she sees more detailed modelling
- Fifty rooms will become available tomorrow for people coming into Queensland from domestic hotspots
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the Logan truck driver's immediate contacts all returned negative results and she thanked those who got tested yesterday.
"That is enormously helpful because it means that we can be confident that we don't have virus circulating in our community despite the large number of people who are still coming into Queensland."
New close contact sites related to the truck driver were named late on Thursday, with Total Tools Beenleigh (Sunday August 29) and Stylish Nails Beenleigh (Monday August 30) were released.
Members of a Gold Coast family who are under investigation after driving back from Melbourne all tested negative for COVID-19 late last night.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state's reporting of zero new cases was "fantastic news".
On the national debate about opening up in the wake of the pandemic, the Premier said she would not be making decisions when she has not seen detailed modelling.Queensland COVID-19 snapshot:
- Confirmed cases so far: 1,982
- Deaths: 7
- Tests conducted: 4,047,573
- Active cases: 18
"I am asking very simple questions here of Scott Morrison and from the National Cabinet," she said.
"It is only fair and reasonable that we have a constructive debate in this country and rather than picking fights and attacks, let's have a decent educated conversation and there is nothing wrong about asking decent questions about the safety of families."
She said her questions about vaccinating children are "very legitimate".
"It is not about being against a national plan, we are all for a national plan," she said.
Dr Young said she would feel comfortable opening up when every single Queenslander had been given the opportunity to be vaccinated.
"So, it is up to individuals to choose whether they wish to protect themselves," she said.
"Once they've had that opportunity, of course, then we make decisions, but I would not want to see the virus coming into Queensland, without mitigating factors, until that's happened."
When asked what level of death she would be comfortable with, Dr Young replied: "I'm a doctor, none."
Queenslanders urged to get vaccinated while state is COVID-free
"Come on, can you please remember who I am? I stand up here every day but ultimately, I went into medicine to save lives, I'm not comfortable with any deaths that are preventable," she said.
The Premier said her job was to keep Queenslanders safe.
"We've had a double donut day today, we've got zero cases, our economy is open, we have our Queensland lifestyle, tonight people will go to their cafes and pubs and local restaurants," she said.
"This is the sort of Queensland I want, I want to preserve our lifestyle, I want to see Queenslanders being kept safe."
Ms Palaszczuk said the state needed to get its vaccination rate up.
"This is absolutely critical that we use this window of opportunity to get as many Queenslanders vaccinated so when the virus does get here, we are well prepared."
Dr Young said anyone who is aged over 16 should make an appointment to get vaccinated.
"Because COVID will come into Queensland, of course it will, we're seeing every single day and we don't know when it will lead to an outbreak," she said.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said Queensland was committed to the national plan.
"In some ways we're one of the few states that's complying with the national plan," he said.
"Queenslanders complied with Phase A of the national plan when Sydneysiders didn't and that's how we got here," he said.
"Don't let the LNP convince you that the Doherty Institute's modelling says something that it does not, don't fall for Scott Morrison's marketing tactics.
"This is much more complex than a number and a simple three-word slogan."LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemicPremier apologises for allowing in NRL families
Ms Palaszczuk also apologised for the state allowing about 100 NRL officials and players' loved ones into the state while there was a pause on others coming from interstate hotspots.
"I apologise. It was not the right thing to do when we had the pause. It shouldn't have happened.
"Unfortunately it did happen and I extend my apologies to the public about that.
"They were outside the cap but I can understand that Queenslanders could see that in the light of when we were actually trying to reduce the number of people coming in, it did not look — it was not the right look, OK, I accept that."
The Premier said from tomorrow 50 rooms will become available for people coming into Queensland from domestic hotspots.
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She said those people would be contacted today.
"As we know we did have a pressure-cooker situation, having that week respite has been really good.
"I've just been advised by Queensland Health and Queensland police that from Monday we will be available to offer 680 rooms," she said.
She said fewer international flights in September and October would also ease pressure on the hotel quarantine system.Read more about the spread of COVID-19 in Australia:Miles says Queensland is committed to national plan
Mr Miles hit back at the federal government's commentary on Queensland's COVID-19 management.
"Yesterday Scott Morrison had six members of his team out attacking Queensland, our border restrictions and our premier," he said.
"Not one of them mentioned the outbreak in Sydney, it's as though Queenslanders are somehow responsible for the New South Wales outbreak.
"It's clear the Prime Minister has both his eyes on his own election and no eyes on the outbreak ripping through Sydney right now."Read more about the vaccine rollout:
Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said operations are continuing to deliver vaccines across the highly decentralised state.
"Delivering vaccines in Queensland is far different to delivering vaccines in New South Wales or Victoria."