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No local cases in Qld after unvaxxed travellers test positive, Byron Bay scare


Queensland has recorded no new cases of coronavirus overnight, after three unvaccinated Victorian travellers tested positive to the virus and a Covid scare in Byron Bay.

Across the state, 85.57 per cent of the eligible population has now received one dose of a Covid vaccine, while 74.93 per cent are fully vaxxed.

More than 9,000 people came forward for a Covid test in Queensland, as a Byron Bay hostel was thrust into lockdown after a guest tested positive.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath is urging more people across the Gold Coast to come forward for a vaccine before more positive cases arrive.

Pacific Fair shopping centre on the Gold Coast will hold a pop-up vaccination clinic this weekend, as well as the Sunshine Coast's Australia Zoo.

Ms D'Ath says some schools across the state will also continue to hold clinics.

"The virus is still very much spreading across those jurisdictions and it will be people coming from those jurisdictions who will be allowed to come here without quarantining by or or by road, very, very soon," she says.

"So please, come out and get vaccinated as soon as possible."


Acting Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Peter Aitken says there has now been more than 14 days without a community case of Covid across the state.

Dr Aitken also explains new research by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee found people with two doses were 90 per cent less likely to die from the virus.

The state is expected to hit 75 per cent fully vaccinated today.

"We've got three different vaccines available, we've got supply and we've got vaccines," Dr Aitken says.

"People with two doses of a vaccine, there's reduced mortality between 90 and 92 per cent .. there's a reduction in transmission between 80 per cent and 93 per cent."