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Queensland records no new cases of COVID-19

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Queensland has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours as the state keeps firm control over its border with NSW.

Queensland has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours as the state keeps firm control over its border with NSW.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said up to 4pm yesterday Queensland Police intercepted 2715 vehicles at the border, 142 of whom were turned away.

Of the 142 who were turned away, 12 were essential workers who had not had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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https://twitter.com/qldhealthnews/status/1429262713289515008Police are working at the Queensland-New South Wales border to ensure only essential workers enter the sunshine state, in a bid to stop the virus from spreading.

"Our new, stricter, harsher border measures with New South Wales are working, and we are seeing a dramatic reduction in vehicles crossing the border," Mr Miles said.

"Even essential workers are not guaranteed an exemption to cross the border, they have to have had at least one vaccination."

From August 30th rideshare drivers and taxi operators in Queensland will be required to display a QR code on their vehicles.

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Passengers who use their services will be required to check in.

"I am very pleased to hear about the introduction of the QR codes for taxis, as we learned from our recent experience in Cairns, that would have been hugely helpful and made the contact tracing process much more efficient," said Queensland's Deputy Chief Health Officer James Smith.

"So that is some very welcome news."

A taxi driver was linked to a snap lockdown in Cairns, which led to a number of new infections.

The unvaccinated 60-year-old taxi driver was out infectious in the community for 10 days, including making 20-30 trips each day while working, meaning he could have unknowingly infected a considerable amount of people.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-covid19-update-august-22-no-new-cases-as-thousands-head-to-border/2f640167-f3e9-4315-99cf-4ce76948c923

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