Millions of Queenslanders are on notice to comply with tougher COVID-19 restrictions this weekend or risk the possibility of a big Delta variant outbreak taking hold and putting pressure on the state’s hospitals, as it has in Victoria and NSW.
Queensland has recorded six new cases of the COVID-19 virus forcing new restrictions for millions of residents in the state’s southeast, Townsville and Palm Island, but has stopped short of a lockdown, despite having four active outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Gold Coast hospitals, aged care and disability facilities have been placed into lockdown after two of the city’s residents tested positive to the COVID-19 virus.
Queensland should be able to safely reopen its borders once 80 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as long as testing rates remain high and positive cases continue to be isolated, experts say.
Queensland will mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for truck drivers entering Queensland from October 15 after a truckie was among six new cases of the virus recorded in the state.
An Australian man in his 50s has died in a Queensland quarantine hotel overnight.