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Queensland records no new local COVID-19 cases after close call

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No new local COVID-19 cases have been detected in Queensland despite five people testing positive in the state yesterday.

Queensland residents have breathed a collective sigh of relief this morning as the state records no new local cases of COVID-19 in the last day.

There were more than 12,00 tests conducted overnight after the discover of five local cases of the virus were detected yesterday.

There were more than 18,000 vaccinations administered in the last 24 hours.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the announcement was "the best result we could have hoped for".

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"Another doughnut day. I think that the health minister just bought us a couple of doughnuts to celebrate," he said.

"What is a great result and a credit to how Queenslanders do what we ask them to do."

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said that she can confirm that the virus at the centre of the current outbreak is linked to a group of three New South Wales men.

"We got confirmation that two of the three gentlemen who crossed the border from NSW into Queensland - and then one of them went and stayed with this family - have then tested positive," she said.

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"We did get confirmation yesterday that two of those three have tested positive.

"I am now confident that's where the virus came into Queensland to infect those five people. But, those two people had minimum exposure in Queensland.

"So they had not been around and about, so that is good news."

Dr Young said that police are investigating the circumstances about how the men came into the state, and said that no further information is available at this time.

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She said that the men may have held legitimate border passes.

All five of this week's new cases were family members of a 13-year-old student at St Thomas More College at Sunnybank in Brisbane, who tested positive on Friday.

No more local cases have been attributed to the family since their positive detection.

Source: 9News

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