NSW records no new COVID cases

NSW records no new COVID cases

But she said residents should brace themselves for new cases after it was revealed two COVID-19 cases from Brisbane visited various venues in Byron Bay at the weekend, before they were diagnosed but while they were infectious.

It's understood the person came into contact with a Queensland hen's party who travelled to Byron Bay over the weekend.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the report was misleading.

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.

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.

"It is our very strong preference that if you live in any of those four local government areas, that you don't travel outside those areas", Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday.

Up north, the Queensland city is heading into a three-day lockdown tonight, at 5pm on Monday, March 29, in response to its new cases of community transmission.

The NSW government has given the federal government both barrels for leaking data which implied it was stockpiling COVID-19 vaccines, saying it showed Canberra's "ignorance about frontline delivery".

One of the local cases is a second nurse linked to the Princess Alexandra Hospital Covid ward.

A Princess Alexandra nurse was among the first cases identified in Queensland's latest Covid outbreak.

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According to reports on Saturday, witnesses said the man appeared to attack anyone who simply crossed his path. He said people brought tea towels and other supplies, including a first aid kit, to the library.

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.

"At this stage, we do have concerns - the government has concerns, I have concerns as health minister - that having...up to 15,000 (people) on any one day could be a challenge if some of these people who may have got the virus...could cause some concerns for us, particularly if there's further transmission of the virus", he had said.

"She has since developed some symptoms".

She warned the only way of meeting the federal target of vaccinating the Australian population by October is for federal and state governments to work cooperatively.

The previous phase was meant to vaccinate aged care staff and residents, and frontline health workers and others involved in quarantine programs.

There are now 2.5 million people in a three-day lockdown in Greater Brisbane, however it is still uncertain whether the lockdown will be lifted or extended over Easter and also be expanded to the Gold Coast.

These measures are created to prevent unnecessary movement, and now apply to all people in the Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Logan City, Moreton Bay Regional and Redland City Council areas.

"That is a massive, massive number. And I do want to thank Queenslanders for coming out and doing that", she said.

"If it's encouraging news tomorrow, we will be lifting the hotspot for Greater Brisbane", Palaszczuk said.

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