Queensland has recorded its third consecutive day of zero community cases, as the Origin moves its last fixture to the Gold Coast to prevent Sydney’s COVID outbreak from spreading to regional NSW.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said one overseas case was recorded in hotel quarantine.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said she was thrilled with the news.
“It’s always a great day to be a Queenslander — but especially today,” she tweeted.
It comes as the NRL announces the third and final State of Origin game will be played on the Gold Coast, with Sydney recording 77 locally acquired cases of coronavirus.
The game was to be held in Newcastle, but with the worsening situation, the state government declared it would not allow crowds at the game.
“We know how easily cases can spread throughout states,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
“It’s a blessing for us that that hasn’t occurred yet in New South Wales. We want to keep it that way.”
There are 46 active cases in Queensland, with more than 7,000 tests carried out in the past 24 hours.
Queensland Sport Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe said given the circumstances down south, the government was not “celebrating” the location change.
“Seeing State of Origin three come here to Cbus stadium on Wednesday night is something that we’re happy to see.”
‘Queenslanders need answers’
Meanwhile, the opposition is pushing the Premier to release the findings into how an unvaccinated receptionist was able to work outside a COVID ward, before the estimates hearing on Friday.
The case was behind Queensland’s latest three-day lockdown almost two weeks ago.
Opposition Leader, David Crisafulli said “Queenslanders need answers now.”
“They need assurances that another hospital or hotel quarantine breach will not occur while the Premier is in Tokyo,” he said.
“There are serious questions that will need to be asked when the Griffin Report is released and we believe they should be asked at estimates.”
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