Zero new cases as Qld prepares for diggers

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Queensland has recorded no new virus cases as it plans a COVID-19 quarantine bubble for up to 400 returning soldiers tasked with an eleventh-hour evacuation mission in Afghanistan.

The state's health minister Yvette D'Ath has confirmed the government has been working with the Defence Force on special quarantine measures for its personnel.

"The ADF notified us yesterday that they had secured an appropriate hotel and advised that they would submit a management plan today," Ms D'Ath said on Wednesday.

The Defence Force has indicated up to 400 personnel will arrive by the end of the week as authorities confirm they should not be included as part of the International arrivals cap.

Ms D'Ath said the alternative arrangements would involve soldiers being able to move around "more freely" within a quarantine environment.

She said reports that the soldiers' return to Queensland had been delayed were inaccurate.

"It's distressing that these false claims are being put out there. It's distressing for the ADF, it's distressing for their families, and it's distressing for health and the government," she said.

She labelled comments made by Commonwealth Government ministers as "appalling" in relation to the reports.

"I've sent a text to (Defence Minister) Peter Dutton this morning asking him to call me. I have not heard from him," she said.

Ms D'Ath said criticising the Queensland Government was a "great deflection on anything else happening in the country".

"We're a little bit sick of the Morrison government coming out and attacking us on vaccines, attacking us on ADF personnel," she said.

Shortly after Mr Dutton tweeted that he had not heard from the Queensland health minister, who later confirmed she had the wrong number.

"We've since spoken and he's assured me the Commonwealth are comfortable with the approach being taken by Queensland and the ADF to ensure our diggers come home safely," she tweeted on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, visitors will be welcomed back to hospitals and aged care facilities in the Logan local government areas as the state manages a small virus cluster.

Speaking from a mass vaccination centre in Boondall, Ms D'Ath said good testing numbers and close contacts in home quarantine gave health authorities the confidence to relax restrictions.

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