Queensland not registering new locally acquired cases of COVID-19

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Queensland not registering new locally acquired cases of COVID-19

Queensland has not registered any new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

The Prime Minister said the news was “incredible” and thanked the people of Queensland for “doing the right thing”.

12,829 Queenslanders were tested in the past 24 hours.

Of eligible Queenslanders, 48.89 percent have received both vaccine doses and 67.76 percent their first dose.

Speaking from Ipswich, west of Brisbane, Ms Palaszczuk urged regional communities to get vaccinated.

“Currently vaccination rates are increasing in Ipswich which is good so 63.6 per cent have had their first dose and 43.7 have had both,” the Prime Minister said.

“I really want to see a big increase, especially in Ipswich, Logan and Beaudesert and the Sunshine Coast.”

The vaccination center in Ipswich currently administers 1,000 doses per day, but the Prime Minister wants this increased to 1,500 doses per day.

“There’s no excuse that you can’t come in here and get your vaccine, so if you’re in Ipswich and you’re watching this press conference, I really want you to come out and get vaccinated,” she said.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said people can now book their vaccine appointment via the Queensland Check-In app.

Via a link in the app, users can sign up for a shot and search for a walk-in location or the nearest participating GP or pharmacy.

“The check-in app has now been upgraded, so please update your app,” said Ms. D’Ath.

“You’ll see there’s a new link that says, ‘Get your vaccine,’ you can click that link and you’ll find a way to get a vaccine.”

Ms D’Ath urged people not to wait to get their vaccine, with the threat of the highly contagious Delta variant from interstate and overseas arrivals looming.

Three COVID cases have been detected in hotel quarantine in the last 24 hours.

“It’s always a great day when we can stand up and say there are no community acquired cases, but we also know it’s just on our limit,” she said.

More to come.

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