Former governor of Papua New Guinea has died of coronavirus in Australia

Henrietta Strickland
Апреля 7, 2021

It comes as Queensland records six new cases in the past 24 hours - all detected in hotel quarantine and acquired overseas.

Also speaking on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski outlined police activity across Greater Brisbane's three-day lockdown, saying almost 3,000 intercepts occurred across the state, 1,431 business were inspected and 1,925 masks were handed out. Twenty-six of those are from Papua New Guinea.

Businessman and former Papua New Guinea governor Malcolm "Kela" Smith, 77, has been remembered as a fierce competitor and a loyal friend by PNG MP Robert Agarobe after he passed away in a south-east Queensland hospital on Monday from COVID-19 complications.

Ms Palaszczuk said National Cabinet would meet on Friday and "front and centre" would be the nation's COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The premier urged Queenslanders to maintain their social distancing and hygiene while stressing the importance of getting tested if anyone experiences symptoms. "We have about seven days' supply of Pfizer in Queensland and about 14 days' supply of Astra Zeneca", she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said she had not given up on the establishment of a quarantine facility in Toowoomba. "We're responsible for 30 per cent of the rollout".

She says the vaccination drive should be completed before travel bubbles are set up with other countries amid speculation about renewed travel to and from Singapore, South Korea and Japan.

The summit would delve into issues of economic and gender inequality, including the gender pay and superannuation gap and affordable childcare.

"But I actually think the time is now right for our country to have a national women's summit".

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said Mr Smith was transferred as an "urgent aeromedical retrieval".

Dr Young said high-level meetings were underway about elective surgery delays because of the outbreaks at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

"I know she does like holidaying here, I know she's got a very busy job but hopefully she can come here in the not too distant future", she said.

"What we've seen over the last few months is a huge wave of support for women to have their voices heard", Ms Palaszczuk said.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath.

Ms D'Ath said Queensland isn't stockpiling, but it is holding "a contingency" amid the uncertainty.

"Currently we have about 14 days' supply".

Queensland's Health Minister Yvette D'Ath welcomed comments from Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledging supply issues and a lack of consistence of vaccine doses in Australia.

She said there has not been confirmation of another delivery within the next fortnight.

"I'm very grateful to the staff who managed him to the best of their ability to give him that chance but unfortunately he was very, very ill when he was transferred".

Deputy Premier Steven Miles called for "open, honest, transparent" communication around COVID-19 vaccine supply issues.

Annastacia Palaszczuk is in talks with airlines to resume direct flights from NZ to regional tourism destinations.

The Brisbane Airport is expecting up to 39 services per week in the first week of the bubble, split between Qantas and Air New Zealand.

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