Qld continues COVID-free streak



Queensland has continued its community COVID-19 transmission free streak for the twelfth day in a row, as the state records no new cases of the virus on Thursday.

It comes as the 25-year-old man who allegedly absconded from the Toowoomba hotel where he was undergoing quarantine after returning from New South Wales tested negative to the virus.

Police allege he left the facility on day nine of his 14-day mandatory quarantine, before he returned voluntarily.

Earlier this week two teenagers sparked a scare after they returned to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney through a train station, allegedly without telling police their whereabouts.

They tested negative to the virus but remain in hotel quarantine. Yesterday they were charged with a "variety" of offences, including false declaration offences.

It's understood one of the teens has now returned to New South Wales after they were placed into hotel quarantine.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Wednesday it had been 203 days since the state's first case of COVID-19.

"Recently we learned just how much we value our days without new cases," she said, referring to a recent scare linked to two women who spent eight days in Brisbane's south side after returning from a hot spot.

"We had a three-month streak of no community transfer until the selfishness of a few undid the hard work of the many … anxiety crept back into Queensland.

"But, thank God, the people of Queensland, especially those in Logan, Springfield and Ipswich, responded exactly as a united community should."

Authorities are warning against complacency, after New Zealand recorded four new cases of COVID-19 after 102 days without community transmission.

Health Minister Steven Miles said until recently, Queensland had recorded 63 straight days of no community transmission, and said it didn't "take much" to spark an outbreak.

"Despite challenges in the past few weeks, Queensland remains on top of COVID-19," he said.

Ms Palaszczuk thanked Queenslanders for continuing to come out in "droves" to get tested, with more than 6xx, xxx tests conducted since the onset of the pandemic.

The state's total number of cases remains steady at 1089 with only nine active.

Originally published as Qld continues COVID-free streak

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