No local Qld cases, but truckie positive

Dr Young says there has been a second man, a Victorian truckdriver, infectious in the Qld community.
Dr Young says there has been a second man, a Victorian truckdriver, infectious in the Qld community.

Queensland has recorded no local cases of COVID-19 two days after a man tested positive on the Gold Coast, but a truck driver has tested positive after visiting venues in Brisbane earlier this week.

The Broadbeach man in his 30s, who is unvaccinated, tested positive on Wednesday night after being infectious for 10 days.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says no new COVID-19 cases have emerged in the community after 6330 tests in the 24 hours to 6.30am on Friday.

"In good news today, zero community cases. Once again Queensland, fantastic effort," she told reporters.

However, Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said a truck driver who tested positive in Victoria on Wednesday was infectious while in Brisbane for two days on Monday and Tuesday.

Queensland Health has already listed exposure sites linked to the driver, who had received one vaccine dose, including a cinema in Stafford and venues in Archerfield and Acacia Ridge.

"It is really important, we know we can get virus in our community at any point in time, so the protection to that is to just get vaccinated. We don't know when we will have our next case," Dr Young said.

"This truck driver had had one dose of the vaccine on the first of October but that is not sufficient to stop someone spreading the virus."

The Gold Coast man travelled to Queensland from Victoria on October 10 and is believed to have acquired the virus in Melbourne the previous day.

He's been too ill to communicate with health workers, making contact tracing difficult for authorities.

Dr Young said the man has been put on high-flow oxygen and is likely to be put into intensive care.

"That is terrible. He is a very young, fit man who was not vaccinated and he is now extremely sick," the CHO said.

"The best thing we can all do to protect ourselves is to get vaccinated so we don't end up in that situation."

The man had not used a QR code to check-in at multiple venues since September 18.

Initial concerns over the man's occupation as an Uber driver were eased as he hadn't driven for the ride-sharing app since September 19, Uber confirmed on Thursday.

Ms Palaszczuk ruled out a potential local lockdown on Thursday due to the Gold Coast's high vaccination rates.

Police are investigating how the man entered the state from a hotspot amid reports he had been turned back at the border twice.

Meanwhile, Queensland is gearing up for another mass vaccination drive this weekend in a bid to get 675,000 people vaccinated, who are eligible for the jab but are yet to get one.

The government is pushing to get 70 per cent of people fully vaccinated by November 19, when it will allow all fully vaccinated domestic travellers who test negative to quarantine at home.

Once 80 per cent of eligible Queenslanders are fully vaccinated, or on December 17 at the latest, all quarantine requirements will be scrapped for fully vaccinated domestic travellers who test negative.

Fully vaccinated international travellers who test negative will not have to quarantine after Queensland fully vaccinates 90 per cent of the eligible population.

Queensland recorded five new cases of COVID-19 in hotel quarantine in the 24 hours to 6.30am on Friday.

Australian Associated Press