Sumary of Qld records one virus case but risk low:
- Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the boy posed no risk to the community because he had been in home quarantine for his entire infectious period.
- Ms Palaszczuk has also suggested border bubble travel arrangements will return for communities such as Tweed Heads-Coolangatta if NSW lifts its regional lockdown.
- A special exemption allowing locals on both sides of the border to work, go to school or university, obtain healthcare or to provide care has been on hold since July 23.At present only certain essential workers who have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to cross into Queensland from NSW.
- The premier says any easing of border controls will depend on the NSW government’s restrictions on border communities, with the entire south state still in lockdown.
- “She also indicated that more staff could be hired to work in the exemptions unit, which assesses whether people who are not essential workers are allowed into Queensland’s hotel quarantine on medical or compassionate grounds.
- The government has been criticised numerous times for failing to give people interstate exemptions to be with dying relatives before they pass in Queensland, and for stranding its own residents interstate.
- The premier said the exemptions unit is trying to show people compassion, while keeping the virus out of Queensland, but she admitted more could be done including hiring more staff in the exemptions unit.
- “I’ve spoken with the health minister, I’ve spoken with the D-G, and the Director General is under no illusions that I expect there to be more done in this area, and if we need more people, we will get more people.