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Victoria's soaring Covid cases a cautionary tale for Queensland


Queensland has recorded no new community cases of coronavirus as the Premier once again piles on the pressure for people to get vaccinated before it is "too late".

Annastacia Palaszczuk has told State Parliament, 70.99 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have received their first dose, with 17,187 vaccines administered by Queensland Health in the past 24 hours.

More than 54 per cent of the state is now fully vaccinated.

She once again urged unvaccinated Queenslanders not delay their immunisation, particularly before often extreme and unpredictable summer weather hits.

"Don't walk past the tent at Bunnings [this weekend], roll up and give us a hand," she says.

Ms Palaszczuk pointed out the dark contrast in southern states, where coronavirus case numbers are climbing. 

Victoria has set a new daily record of COVID-19 case numbers, with 2297 reported today - that is the highest daily figure of any Australian state or territory since the pandemic began.

However, the hospitalisation rate for cases has dropped to less than 5 per cent, which compares with nearly 10 per cent during the second coronavirus wave in 2020.

New South Wales has recorded around 400 cases.

“New South Wales will not be as open as Queensland until at least December.

“Our southern neighbours fight to regain their freedoms - we fight to retain ours," Ms Palaszczuk says.

About 65 per cent of the Australian population over 16 years of age are now fully vaccinated, meaning they've had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.