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Masks set to stay in Queensland as border reopens

The dreaded masks synonymous with the Covid-19 pandemic will proceed to be a must have accent in Queensland as the state prepares to open its borders.

Residents residing in the southeast may’ve been forgiven for considering the face protecting mandate may quickly be coming to an finish.

Acting chief well being officer Dr Peter Aitken mentioned whereas there could also be a “reprieve” whereas there have been no circumstances of group transmission, it will be short-lived.

“That’s something we’re looking at; at the moment and it may be an opportunity to relax some of those restrictions and mask wearing,” he mentioned on Monday.

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Camera IconDr Aitken mentioned masks have been a fantastic protector from the virus. Tertius Pickard / NCA NewsWire Credit: News Corp Australia

However, Dr Aitken mentioned that might change as soon as Queensland opens its borders to the remainder of the nation, together with to these in NSW and Victoria.

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“As our case numbers go up – and they inevitably will – and as we start to reach 80 per cent double-vaccinated and we start to have people coming into the Queensland community, masks are going to play a very important role in helping to reduce community transmission,” he mentioned.

When requested if masks could be round indefinitely, Dr Aitken mentioned it wasn’t as easy as that.

“I think there will be an evolution in mask wearing and we’ll go in peaks and troughs as individuals choose to wear masks more than we advise,” he mentioned.

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Camera IconMask carrying and different restrictions could also be eased over the approaching weeks, however it will likely be short-lived. John Gass / NCA NewsWire Credit: News Corp Australia

“For the moment, we’re going to come into a phase where the risk is low.

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“We will then come into a phase … where the risk of community transmission is higher and we’ll probably see more mask wearing.”

The newest information about masks got here as Queensland had no new circumstances of group transmission in the 24 hours to Monday morning, and was sitting simply shy of 80 per cent of individuals with one dose of the vaccine.

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