BRISBANE, Australia — The Australian state of Queensland has recorded no new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 with 8679 people in quarantine.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says no virus cases were recorded in hotel quarantine after 14,543 tests in the 24 hours to 9 am on July 9.

“We’re absolutely delighted that through the hard work of Queenslanders that we’ve got to that situation today,” Palaszczuk said to the reporters on July 9.

“Well done everyone and let’s keep up the good work. We’ve still got just around a week to continue wearing our masks and doing the right thing and checking in.”

Map of Queensland Australia

Annastacia Palaszczuk is an Australian politician who has been the Premier of Queensland since 2015 and the Leader of the Labor Party in Queensland since 2012. She was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for the district of Inala at the 2006 election.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said 8679 people were in home or hotel quarantine across the state. Jeannette Rosita Young PSM is an Australian medical doctor and administrator who is currently Chief Health Officer of Queensland, and the Governor-designate of Queensland.

She said people should continue to abide by social distancing and mask-wearing rules until they’re officially eased next week.

“We’re not totally out of it yet, we must keep up our quarantine and testing. So thank you to every person over the last few weeks has come forward and got tested,” Young said to the reporters.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath reminded businesses that the state government’s check-in app became mandatory at 1 am on July 9. Yvette Maree D’Ath is an Australian politician. She is a Labor member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland representing the seat of Redcliffe. D’Ath is currently the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services and Leader of the House.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said police had handed out 111 face masks on Thursday and issues three fines to people refusing to wear them.

He said police would always give people the chance to comply before issuing fines.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said people should continue to abide by social distancing and mask-wearing rules until they’re officially eased next week. (Dan Peled/AAP Image)

“They’ll give you the mask so you can put it on,” Gollschewski said.

“If you push back, you will face a fine and potentially even more serious offenses.”

As of June 22, 2021, the number of Covid-19 cases in the Australian state of Victoria was at 312.18 people per 100,000 of the population. From March and most of April 2020, New South Wales held the highest proportion of cases.

(Edited by Vaibhav Pawar and Ritaban Misra. Map by Urvashi Makwana)

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