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New Queensland exposure sites as two escorted out of state by police test positive

Queensland Health has added new exposure sites after two people who were escorted from the state by police tested positive to COVID-19 in NSW.
The two people entered south west Queensland and visited Noccundra, Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Quilpie and Charleville.

A truck driver who had been in the state has also since tested positive in Victoria, Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

The truck driver had tested negative before entering Queensland but then returned a positive COVID-19 reading after returning to Victoria. He had visited Goondiwindi in regional south west Queensland.

“Obviously this is a concern. This is COVID cases that likely have been active in our community,” Mr Miles said.

“The absolute key here is to go and get vaccinated because we don’t know how much longer we can be successful.”

It comes as the Queensland Government launches pop up vaccination clinics at beaches and theme parks in a bid to catch up to the rest of Australia’s eastern states with its vaccination rates.

Queensland today hit a milestone – reaching a 60 percent second dose vaccination rate. The state’s first dose rate is now at 74.6 percent.

The government is working with Surf Lifesaving Queensland to host the vaccine clinics at 20 beach locations stretching from Port Douglas to Coolangatta.

There will also be vaccination clinics at the state’s theme parks to help boost the vaccination rate. The clinics will include locations at Movie World, Sea World, Dream World and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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