Sunday Territorian 7 Nov 2021
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7 2021 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA NEW LOCAL CASE FOR QLD A COVID-19 outbreak in a small town west of Brisbane has grown, with authorities confirming a woman in her 20s has tested positive. Queensland Health Minister Yvette DAth said the woman was a close contact of a previously identified Goondiwindi case and has been in home quarantine, however, she spent at least a day in the community while infectious. Authorities are also waiting for more information about a Cairns resident who tested positive to Covid-19 after flying to the Northern Territory. As of Saturday, 79.06 per cent of Queenslanders aged over 16 have had one dose of the vaccine, while the rate of total vaccination sits at 66.3 per cent. It comes as Australia reaches a major vaccine milestone, with 80 per cent of adults aged over 16 now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Aus smashes US in vax milestone AUSTRALIA hit a major vaccine milestone on Saturday, with 80 per cent of eligible adults aged over 16 now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. After a tumultuous start to the vaccine rollout, Australia is now one of the most vaccinated countries in the OECD, with doubledose rates in over 16s now higher than Israel and the US. The milestone comes a day after Victoria and NSW brought down state borders and began allowing free travel within the two states for fully vaccinated residents. Victoria, NSW and the ACT have already passed their individual 80 per cent double dose targets, while Queensland and WA are days away from reaching 80 per cent first dose milestones. Under a plan agreed to by the national cabinet, the 80 per cent milestone should ensure only highly targeted lockdowns are enforced in response to coronavirus outbreaks. The plan also suggests vaccinated residents should be exempt from all domestic travel restrictions and caps on returning vaccinated Australians should be abolished. But state border restrictions are a matter for individual premiers. The plan outlines increased caps for international students, economic migrants and refugees. ELLEN RANSLEY A vaccine centre. A FEDERAL cabinet minister has accused the Queensland Premier of being asleep at the wheel and leaving Queenslanders vulnerable due to the states lagging vaccine rollout. David Littleproud, whose electorate of Maranoa covers almost 730,000sq km in southwest Queensland, sensationally claimed Annastacia Palaszczuk had potentially sacrificed lives with the way she handled the rollout. The Premier has been asleep at the wheel, and her big idea to put jabs in arms was around Bunnings, he told Sky News. Herself and her chief health officer destroyed the confidence of the vaccine some months ago when they demonised AstraZeneca and in fact themselves were one of the last public officials to get the jab. Mr Littleproud said premiers of states like Queensland and WA, which have continued to lock out states with Covid cases needed to trust one another and get on with the job of reopening their states. Queensland has committed to opening the state back up to vaccinated travellers from next week. 04 SPORT TENNIS SUBSCRIPTIONS 1300 726 161 WEDNESDAY MARCH 18 2020 GOLDCOASTBULLETIN.COM.AU GOLDCOASTBULLETIN.COM.AU WEDNESDAY MARCH 18 2020 SUBSCRIPTIONS 1300 726 161 TENNIS SPORT 05 CORONAVIRUS FALLOUT LATEST UPDATES NTNEWS.COM.AU 09CORONAVIRUS CRISIS Premier under fire for rollout ELLEN RANSLEY Annastacia Palaszczuk 7 arrests as rocks thrown at protest POLICE were pelted with rocks and seven people were arrested during an anti-vax/ mandate rally which turned violent on Saturday. Checkpoints were used by police to keep unvaccinated protesters away from a rally in Darwins CBD due to the current lockout. A car convoy trying to breach the CBD security was stopped at a police checkpoint outside Darwin High School, with the passengers disembarking their vehicles outside the Sailing Club. The group then chose to march through parkland towards the CBD but were halt ed by a strong police presence. The wholly unmasked group then chose to press through the police blockade, with some individuals throwing punches, chemicals and rocks at officers. As a result, police pepper sprayed the instigators and arrested seven people. Superintendent Daniel Shean, who was at the scene and was injured, condemned the actions of those who instigated violence. Northern Territory police were conducting compliance points at various locations across Darwin as we are in a lockout in the area, he said. During the course of the day a group of people that are anti-vaccination, anti-mandate led a procession of vehicles and those people then formed up and decided to walk up to one of our control points. NT police were waiting to see why they werent wearing masks following chief health officer directions, however there was a small cohort that used violence against officers. Police officers did use force to try and bring that group under control, with seven arrested with charges including aggravated assault and disobeying the CHO s directives. That main group has by and large been quite peaceful and now all of a sudden you have this group using viol ence. Its disgraceful that theyve lowered themselves to that standard. Chief Minister Michael Gunner thanked Territory police officers who put themselves on the frontline. I thank the Territorys police officers for their work in Darwin today, he said. You did an excellent job in the face of unlawful, provocative and anti-Territorian behaviour. And thank you to the overwhelming majority of Territorians who are doing the right thing, staying safe and getting vaccinated. You are putting the Territory first. Earlier on Saturday, Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker urged protesters to defer their rally for a week. There will be roadblocks in place in the Greater Darwin area leading into the CBD doing compliance checks making sure why theyre away from home if unvaccinated, Mr Chalker said. If they are unvaccinated, if theyre not willing to demonstrate what the five reasons are, and theyre not going to be sound and reasonable, then they may force us into action. Under Darwins lockout rules, only fully vaccinated Territorians can go about their business normally while those who are unvaccinated must stay home. Unmasked protesters struggle with police during a rally on Saturday where seven people were arrested. Picture: Julianne Osborne NATHANIEL CHAMBERS AND THOMAS MORGAN VICTORIA has recorded 1268 new cases of Covid-19 and seven more deaths. The latest infections come as fully vaccinated Victorians, for the first time in months, can travel to NSW and return without having to quarantine. NSW recorded 270 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths on Saturday. More than 82 per cent of eligible Victorians are now fully vaccinated. As of Saturday, 651 Victorians are in hospital with Covid-19, down from the sevenday average of 667. There are 106 people in intensive care, 70 of whom are on ventilators. 1268 new Vic cases
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