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Qld records one new local case of COVID-19

Queensland has recorded one new locally-acquired case of COVID-19, but the teenager was already in home quarantine and authorities believe the outbreak is under control.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says the new case emerged on Tuesday after 13,396 tests in the previous 24 hours.

The case is a 15-year-old girl who’s a student at the Saint Thomas More College in Sunnybank, where three other students and some of their family members have also tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr Young is confident the outbreak in southern Brisbane is under control because the new case wasn’t infectious in the community.

“So it’s not surprising, and they’ll be then managed and their family, of course, so this is very good news,” Dr Young told reporters on Tuesday.

“It looks like, due to the fantastic contact tracing work and the superb work done by that family, that we’ve managed to get this outbreak controlled so quickly.

“But we know that we could have another case come into Queensland at any time, so could everyone please continue to do that work and come forward and get tested, with only the most minor symptoms, any symptoms at all, just come forward and get tested.

“It doesn’t matter where you live in the state, because this could pop up anywhere.”

Meanwhile, police say Queensland’s hard border with most of NSW could remain in place until the state hits its vaccination coverage targets of 70 per cent or 80 per cent.

Queensland Health delivered another 20,928 vaccine doses overnight, and 56.68 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have now received one dose and 38.33 per cent now fully vaccinated.

The Queensland border has been shut to NSW for almost two months due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in that state, which grew to 14,633 active local cases by Monday.

Queensland is granting special exemptions for residents of NSW border communities as far south at the Clarence Valley and as far west as Moree Plains local government areas to enter.

Only residents in those areas who have received one vaccine dose and who can’t work or school from home, need to do essential shopping or care for vulnerable people are allowed to enter Queensland.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says there’s no clear end date for when border restrictions will ease.

“We were planning a little bit open-ended,” he told ABC radio on Monday.

“We are obviously dealing with what the here and now is and adjusting to the changes as they come.

“We were pleased that we were able to release the restrictions are in that Tweed (Shire) in particular because we understand they were facing that community, so that was a great outcome.”

Mr Gollschewski said he hoped Queensland was able to further ease travel restrictions for other parts of NSW, but that depended on the outbreak there.

Vaccination coverage in Queensland, he said, was the ultimate key to ending restrictions on interstate travel.

“This all comes down to vaccination stuff and we all know that that’s the way out for us in terms of the COVID restrictions and … last week in Queensland over 275,146 doses by Queensland Health were issued,” he added.

“So, Queenslanders are getting out there getting vaccinated and as that improves, obviously, we’ll get closer to decisions by the government that we can ease restrictions.”

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