Published: Wed, March 31, 2021
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NT shuts borders to Byron as region on high COVID alert

NT shuts borders to Byron as region on high COVID alert

Ms Berejiklian said she was hopeful there would not be a new outbreak in NSW, but she expected there would be. "The fact that we do not have any unlinked community transmission in the south-east or in our state is absolutely encouraging news".

"Well, you get 45,000 items dumped on your front door at night and (are) told "well now you should have it out by the next morning", no one would be able to do that", he said.

Queensland has received 106,000 vaccine doses, but has only administered just over 65,000 of those jabs, meaning 50,000 are in storage waiting to be used.

"I am extremely angry and I know there are other health ministers in the country who share similar views, state and territory health ministers", Mr Hazzard said.

'I really, I really find this very offensive, ' Mr Hazzard said.

Federal Trade Minister Dan Tehan reassured states and territories second doses of the vaccine would be there when they need it.

Either way, if you went to either of the above places at those dates and times, you must get tested, go into quarantine, monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms and get retested if any arise - and stay in self-isolation for the whole fortnight even if you receive a negative result.

Another minister, David Littleproud, said he wants states, particularly his home state of Queensland, to "pull their finger out" as frontline workers wait for the jab.

But NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the reports are "not true".

It would be good if the federal government took responsibility for something, ' Mr Albanese said.


Mr Morrison said in January that he wanted four million people to be vaccinated by the end of March.

Concerns are also growing about what will happen to community immunity if states don't have the second dose available.

While the coronavirus pandemic has seen some heated exchanges between state leaders from opposing political parties - including frequent clashes between Ms Berejiklian and Queensland's Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk - the Liberal and National coalition government in Canberra has mostly appeared in lock-step with their colleagues from the same parties in the NSW government.

NSW wants the federal government to apologise to all state and territory governments.

Following the new case, the shires of Byron, Ballina, Tweed and Lismore will be on "extra high alert" and will be subject to restrictions until the end of Easter.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said more than 650,000 people had been vaccinated nationwide and that would hit one million next week, as he hinges economic recovery plans on the rollout.

"So those two clusters look like they've all been worked through and all of the cases are linked and we do not have any other cases out in the community anywhere in Queensland that are unlinked".

On Tuesday, the total number of cases acquired by community transmission grew to eight, taking the total number of cases in two clusters to 15.

Byron Bay has been put on alert after a nurse who works in a Covid-19 ward visited the holiday hotspot from Brisbane with her sister, days before thousands are set to swarm to the region for the Easter weekend.

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