An unvaccinated Gold Coast teenager and a Melbourne woman in her 30s have tested positive for the virus, the premier has announced.
The news of the two locally-acquired cases comes as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed international students will return to study in Queensland in 2022.
They will be the first to use the Regional Quarantine Facility at Wellcamp.
Students will be required to be fully vaccinated and a proportion of students will study at universities outside of Brisbane.
Ms Palaszczuk told parliament the Gold Coast teen who presented to an emergency department with a headache, is a close contact of someone from NSW and an investigation was under way into how that person got into the state.
The Melbourne woman was detected in home quarantine and is considered “ low risk”.
A Gympie truck driver who visited Bundaberg has also tested positive in NSW with a shopping centre in Bundaberg now an exposure site.
It comes as 8779 tests were conducted yesterday with 75.22 per cent of eligible Queenslanders having now had the first dose, while 60 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Ms Palaszczuk warns unvaccinated Queenslanders only have five days to get the jab to ensure they are fully vaccinated by December 17 when the state opens its borders.
“Today’s cases show Queensland is not immune to the pandemic,” Ms Palaszczuk says.
“It only takes one case to cause a massive outbreak.”
“Our only protection is to get vaccinated.”
NEW COVID EXPOSURE SITES
Caboolture South Travel Centre (Truck stop area men’s toilet)
Glass House Mountains
Saturday 23 October 2021, 8.50pm - 9.35pm
Fresh Fields FoodWorks Thabeban
2/1A Thabeban St,
Saturday 23 October 2021, 4pm - 4.45pm
For a full list of covid exposure sites click here
Image: Queensland Parliament