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Zero local COVID-19 cases reported in Queensland

By sbs , in News Australia , at August 21, 2021 Tags: , , ,

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Queensland has recorded zero locally acquired COVID-19 cases as authorities repeated the call for those aged 16 and older to get vaccinated.

“We will not be able to hold back community spread of COVID-19 unless we get vaccinated,” Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said.

She said the state would be moving to vaccinate those as young as 12 years old as soon as possible. 

State health minister Yvette D’Ath said she is pleased with the growth in the number of people being vaccinated in the state. 

“We have done 45.24 per cent of the eligible population in Queensland for the first dose, and 26.8 per cent for the second. So this is fantastic. It is climbing every single day.

“And we know that we’re going to get to those targets we have set ourselves of 80 per cent in no time.”

She said essential workers must be vaccinated if they are travelling across the Queensland-NSW border. 

“It (the virus in NSW) is creeping north into those border towns…We have to keep our community safe.”

Two overseas-acquired COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine were also recorded. The state has 51 active cases of COVID-19. 

In the last 24 hours, 11,162 tests were conducted. 

More details to come. 

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