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31 January, 2022

Local Covid stats

THE number of reported Covid cases continues to rise on the Tablelands, with Mareeba Shire now surpassing 1200 cases since the Omicron variant emerged.

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As of Monday morning, Queensland Health figures show there have been 1202 cases reported in the Mareeba Shire; Tablelands Regional Council area had 840; Cassowary Coast - 1294; Douglas Shire - 992; Cairns – 13,506; and Cook - 238. 

Vaccination rates also continue to increase, with Mareeba Shire now at 80.2 per cent double dosed, while the Tablelands Regional Council area sits at 88.2 per cent. 

The mandate, which prevents unvaccinated people from entering cafes, cinemas, festivals and sporting arenas, remains in place although Member for Hill Shane Knuth wants an end to the mandate which he says is causing massive issues in businesses having enough staff to open their doors. 

“There are many other countries that are effectively dealing with Covid without enforcing mandates onto their people and English Prime Minister Boris Johnston has successfully taken these steps,” Mr Knuth said. 

Meanwhile, Glen Allyn resident Matt Lachlan has urged any businesses who completed his survey on how the government's mandate has affected their business to return them as soon as possible to

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