Queensland records two new community COVID cases linked to Princess Alexander hospital cluster
- Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed both cases are connected to the existing cluster.
- The two new cases are another nurse and her housemate.
- One of the new cases recorded today was a nurse at the hospital who received her first dose of the vaccination nearly a fortnight ago.
- More than 33,000 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours.
- If testing rates remain good across Queensland tomorrow this will be encouraging sign that lockdown could be lifted tomorrow.
- An update on the situation will be provided tomorrow at 9am.
Covid-19 returns to NSW, one case has been confirmed in Byron Bay.
- NSW Premier has announced social distancing restrictions will tighten in response to the case.
- Restrictions will remain until the end of Easter in the following areas: Byron Bay, Ballina, Tweed and Lismore. Restrictions include:
- Wearing masks while shopping or catching public transport
- Masks will be mandatory for hospitality workers
- The four square metro will apply in hospitality venues
- Patrons must be seated, not standing
- A cap of 30 visitors at homes, with records of attendance
- There is concern for further positive tests to be revealed after the person attended a hen’s party last Saturday where one of the Brisbane cases attended.
Victorian tourism vouchers sell out again, as regional Victoria prepare for Easter.
- 50,000 regional travel vouchers sold out in 3 minutes online this morning after being released.
- The $200 discount vouchers are the latest campaign to support the recovery of the Victoria’s tourism.
- Regional tourism is booming after lockdown restrictions ended however it is expected that challenges will continue into the coming months.
Tasmania's hire car shortage leading to holiday cancellations
- Tasmanian tourism is suffering due to car hire shortage.
- Businesses are reporting cancellation of trips due as cars are not available until mid-April.
- Tourism operators are requesting free car travel on the Spirit of Tasmania ferries to help with the situation.
Google maps to start ‘eco friendly’ routes.
- The Google Maps app will soon start to provide drivers with routes that generate lower carbon emissions.
- Drivers will be able to compare routes based on ETA (estimated time arrival) and the CO2 emissions impact.
- Maps users will also be able to compare car, biking, public transport and other transport options all in the one place.
- The ‘Eco-Friendly’ routes feature will launch in the US later this year and then to the rest of the world.