Truck driver arrested after attempting to drive through border barrier
Queensland has recorded one new community case linked to the Sunnybank cluster as the state prepares for 'Super Pfizer Weekend'.
The new case was detected in home quarantine and is linked to the St Thomas More College cluster.
Unfortunately that family’s 14-day quarantine period restarts today.
Meanwhile, more than 16,000 vehicles have been stopped at Queensland’s borders yesterday with 191 turned around. There were six on-the-spot fines issued.
A NSW truck driver was arrested after allegedly driving through police border barriers at Texas, Southern Darling Downs a day after being refused entry via Goondiwindi.
He has been charged by police with unlawfully entering Queensland and wilful damage and will face court at a later date.
There are 33 active COVID cases.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has urged people to get vaccinated this weekend at one of the 38 vaccination hubs across the state including the pop-up centre at BB Print Stadium for Friday and Saturday nights’ two NRL games. The pop-up centre will open from 3pm today.
“We are encouraging everyone to roll up their sleeves,” she says.
“We will have Moderna coming from our pharmacies next week.”
Friday 17 September – coronavirus cases in Queensland:— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) September 17, 2021
1 new locally acquired case, linked to the Sunnybank cluster and detected in home quarantine.
0 new overseas acquired cases.#covid19 pic.twitter.com/YZ3guUPw77
There were 25,388 vaccinations administered yesterday, which means 58.17 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had the first dose, with 38.95 per cent having two doses.
Ms D’Ath says Lismore in NSW has now been declared a hotspot and there will be strict limitations on who can come into Queensland.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young is encouraging people to get the jab during the vaccination blitz this weekend.
“This is our chance, we’re starting to get that big ramp up in vaccines,” Dr Young says.