Closer contacts of two infected Cairns men expected, ship’s crew test positive in New Zealand | Tropic now


Queensland Health also reported that family members of the taxi driver were not feeling well and had been tested.

Grant Howard, interim executive director of medical services at CHHHS, today revealed that the driver’s partner has received his first vaccine.

He is urging more people to come forward for the jab, fearing the rate of 700 a day was not high enough.

“We would like to increase that figure to 5,000 per week,” he said.

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“We have a special, free AstraZeneca on the JCU Smithfield site.”

The clinics at James Cook University and South Cairns Health Facility also have Pfizer vaccines, while GPs and pharmacists also administer AstraZeneca vaccines.

Meanwhile, police say the community is complying with foreclosure orders.

Acting District Disaster Coordinator for the Far North, Chris Hodgman, said officers had only distributed five masks since the new rules took effect at 4 p.m. yesterday.

“The compliance so far has been fantastic,” he said.

“Overnight until early this morning, we had stopped 117 vehicles and spoken to 168 people about compliance.

“If you have to go out, please take your ID.

“You can ask a police officer to ask you why you are on the move, what is your main objective in leaving the house.”

Business compliance was also rated as good.

Police said there were no major problems at the testing clinics either, after health workers faced the abuse last week.


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