More coronavirus patients were being cared for in Queensland than anywhere else in Australia on Wednesday as more positive cases flocked south from Papua New Guinea.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said there were 67 active cases in Queensland and about half were returned travellers from PNG.
Four new cases were detected in Queensland in the past 24 hours, two people from PNG and one who had been in transit through the Pacific nation.
On Wednesday NSW had 56 active cases and Victoria zero, after the state paused all international arrivals last month.
Ms Palaszczuk said the threat of the pandemic was still present.
“We have to stay on guard,” she said.
“In the past 24 hours, Germany has announced another lockdown. They have reported 7485 cases in the past 24 hours along with 250 deaths.
“This is a result of the UK strain.”
Cases in PNG have tripled in a month.
The country has been averaging 181 new cases a day and the Port Moresby hospital had 120 COVID-positive staff.
There have been 45,068 doses of coronavirus vaccine administered in Queensland, including 4083 on Tuesday.
Lydia Lynch is Queensland political reporter for the Brisbane Times