Why Melbourne couple were in Queensland


Friday's figures showed Queensland had no new coronavirus cases either in the community or in hotel quarantine, with nearly 6000 tests carried out in the past 24 hours and more than 11,000 vaccinations given.

Health authorities are desperately working to discover the source of four cases in a Reservoir household identified on Thursday.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath refused to pass judgment on the couple until she received the results of a police investigation into whether they had the "relevant authorization" to travel into the state.

'We are expecting to vaccinate about 1000 people each day via this new facility.

There are 75 active cases in the state.

Australia has largely contained all prior outbreaks through snap lockdowns, regional border controls and swift contact tracing, with just over 30,200 cases and 910 deaths since the pandemic began.

"Thankfully today zero new cases".

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Queensland has issued alerts for parts of Sunshine Coast, a popular tourist spot, and two regional areas.

The married couple have both tested positive to COVID-19, triggering a surge for testing and vaccinations on the Sunshine Coast.

At the time they travelled through NSW, stay-at-home orders were in place for travellers who'd been in Melbourne.

It remains unclear whether they infected anyone in NSW or Queensland.

Also on Thursday, wastewater detections of the virus were reported in the suburban Pascoe Vale, Scoresby and Vermont areas. "We would have expected to see a couple of community cases from that couple if it was going to be in the community", she told reporters on Friday. The AstraZeneca vaccine is recommended only for people over 50 in Australia. It's due to the fact that a number of new cases have not been linked to any particular outbreak.

Melbourne's lockdown is lifting at 11.59pm tonight - Thursday June 10 - but one change has been made to the planned easing of restrictions.

Acting Victorian Premier James Merlino has said the couple did not breach any state restrictions by leaving, and moving interstate is allowed during lockdowns. "So, from 11:59pm tomorrow night, metropolitan Melbourne will move to most of the same settings now in place across regional Victoria, and regional Victoria will move further towards further easing". On Thursday it extended the pause for another week.