Queensland records one locally acquired COVID-19 case linked to Sunnybank cluster

© Provided by ABC News Queensland’s Health Minister Yvette D’Ath says the person tested positive to COVID-19 on day 14 of quarantine. (ABC News: Alice Pavlovic)

Queensland has recorded one new locally acquired COVID-19 case.

The case is linked to the Sunnybank cluster and was detected in home quarantine.

Speaking from her electorate on Brisbane’s northern bayside, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the virus was detected in a child who tested positive on day 14 of quarantine.

“That shows it is so important when people are isolating, they do their full 14 days,” she said.

“We thank the family. We know this is difficult to get a test result like this right at the end of your quarantine period.”

Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Lynne McKinlay said it was unfortunate the family would have to continue their quarantine. 

“I would like to thank that family and all the families that have been involved,” Dr McKinlay said.

“What we know is that by staying home, by staying in quarantine, they have kept many, many people safe.

“More than 2,000 people were part of that group who had to stay home with their families so we’re very grateful they did that.”

Vaccine push at footy finals

Dr McKinlay said two pop-up vaccination clinics would be operating at Lang Park for the NRL preliminary finals tonight.

“We’ve also extended the hours for the Brisbane Convention Centre for vaccinations this evening until 8:00pm,” she said.

“If people are going to South Bank for Riverfire they’ll be able to go to the Brisbane Convention Centre, walk in and get a vaccination as well.”

More than 22,000 doses of COVID 19 vaccines were delivered across state-run vaccine hubs yesterday.

This brings Queensland to 62.8 per cent of people aged over 16 years who have received their first dose of vaccine and 43.96 per cent now have had their second dose. 

Queensland has now administered some 4.5 million vaccine doses, while a total of 19 COVID-19 cases are active across the state.

Ms D’Ath said the state government had agreed with the Commonwealth to set aside $70 million as part of the $600 million support package to go to large and small businesses.

“$30 million will go to Queensland’s iconic tourism attractions,” Ms D’Ath said.

“So our big attractions that attract interstate arrivals — our theme parks, but also our Great Barrier Reef attractions.

“People from Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory of course are still able to come here without quarantining and holiday so we went to attract these people.”

Ms D’Ath said $40 million would go towards grants for eligible small and medium tourism businesses.

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