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Six new COVID-19 cases but Premier says 'no need to panic'

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Queensland has recorded four new community COVID-19 cases as contact tracers scramble to identify exposure sites.

The first case is an aviation worker who was infectious in the community for three days. The second case is his wife.

A third case, a truck driver living in shared accommodation has been infectious in the community for a week, is the subject of most concern for Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young.

A fourth case tested positive after completing 14 days in hotel quarantine.

There were two other cases detected in hotel quarantine.

“There’s no need to panic because Queenslanders have been doing the right thing,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

Ms Palaszczuk says at this stage the NRL Grand Final will go ahead on Sunday in Brisbane as planned.

It’s understood a contingency plan is in place to move the game to Townsville if cases escalate.

Masks will be required for indoor areas in the Brisbane and Moreton Bay LGAs.

You must carry a mask whenever you leave home: wear them indoors and when social distancing isn’t possible in outdoor settings.

Anyone who has been in those LGAs since September 19 cannot visit aged care, hospitals, disability accommodation and detention centres where restrictions will apply

A public health alert has been issued for locations in Eatons Hill, Albany Creek, Aspley and Rocklea.

Check the list of locations: http://health.qld.gov.au/tracing

MANDATORY VACCINES FOR TRUCK DRIVERS

All truck divers entering Queensland from another state – along with those entering on a freight pass – must be vaccinated with at least one dose under new regulations announced by the Palaszczuk Government today.

The move comes after several freight drivers entered the state while infectious and moved around the community recently.

Under the changes, all truck drivers and those using the freight pass must have at least one dose of a COVID vaccine by 15 October and have their second dose (or a booking) by 15 November.

“Freight workers and truck drivers are absolutely essential to keeping food on the table and rebuilding our economy,” Ms Palaszczuk says.

“Regular testing has meant cases have been picked up quickly. But due to the nature of their work, we know that many freight workers and truck drivers are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19."

 

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