Premier announces isolation crackdown as QLD records 55 new virus cases

Queensland has recorded a further 55 new cases of coronavirus, taking the State’s total to 743 as the Government announces a crackdown on those ordered to quarantine or self-isolate.

The overnight increase is higher than the previous two days but officials say the numbers are still relatively stable.

Of the new cases, 11 of those were on the Gold Coast, taking the city’s total to 147.

Currently there are 65 coronavirus patients being treated in hospital with seven in ICU.

Queensland Health has now tested 46,845 people with a positive test rate of just 1.6 per cent, below the national average of 1.88 per cent.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today announced further measures to ensure people in quarantine or self-isolation are adhering to their order.

It’s hoped the move will not only limit the further spread of the virus, but ease the pressure on Queensland Health who are forced to contact thousands of people who may have come into contact with an infected person.

Since the end of January, 40,212 quarantine or isolation orders have been issued to Queenslanders.

Extra resources are being poured into monitoring those people, with Attorney-General Yvette D’ath to oversee the efforts.

People who flout their order could face fines of up to $13,345.

“This is really important, we need to be throwing everything we have at this to make sure we are helping Health to do this enormous job,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Tuesday.

“They have a unit of 500 people doing contact tracing, so we will throw whatever we need at it, so any extra, additional resources, Dr Young needs, my Government will deliver.”

“This is a time for all of us who don’t need to be out and about to remain in our own home so we minimise the spread, that’s really important.”

The Attorney-General will be assisted by law enforcement agencies and the Department of Justice to ensure compliance.

“We need the public to understand this, these are not voluntary orders. They are enforceable at law and they will be enforced,” Ms D’ath said.

“This is the only way we can save lives in this state, making sue that anyone who has received a notice to quarantine or isolate understands the significance of that order.

“We need them to understand, you can’t pop down to the shops, you can’t go out for a walk, you should not be leaving your home if you are on a quarantine or self-isolation order.”

Of the 743 positive tests, Queensland Health has contacted around 50,000 people who they may have come into contact with.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young says the crackdown is a really important step and will further limit the spread and ease pressure on Queensland Health staff.

“So we don’t have to contact trace those hundreds of people for each case, we will only need to contact trace for people in the home and for people who are out at work,” Dr Young said.

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First fines issued for breaching strict coronavirus rules

Queensland authorities have handed out the first fines for flouting tough new restrictions introduced to limit the spread of coronavirus.

A Brisbane massage parlour was hit with two infringement notices after being caught operating, despite massage parlours being among the businesses ordered to close.

The business copped a $6672 fine while a worker at the parlour was fined $1334.

“Obviously this related to a compliance check of licensed and unlicensed brothels that we are carrying out, massage parloursm and it’s obviously alleged in this instance that the massage services were offered in contravention to that directive,” Commissioner Katarina Carroll said on Tuesday. 

“As I said yesterday and will continue to say that we will be conducting compliance checks in all of those directives into the future.”

Police have also revealed they were forced to taser a man in Surfers Paradise after a disturbance while in quarantine.

Commissioner Carroll says the man threatened to harm himself at a home n the early hours of this morning.

“When police turned up they could not reason with him. It got a little more serious than that with police having to take action by way of a taser.”

The man was taken to hospital to undergo mental health checks.

It comes as the State Government announces plans to crack down on people in quarantine and self-isolation to ensure they are complying with their orders.

Since the end of January, more than 40 thousand people in Queensland have been ordered to quarantine or isolate.

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19yo charged with murder after man dies in hospital from Logan stabbing

A man has tragically passed away in hospital, after a stabbing incident in Logan two days ago.

Police say the 47-year-old sustained a stab wound during an incident at Kingston on Sunday afternoon.

Emergency services rushed to the home on Aquarius Drive around 2.30pm.

The man was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition, though sadly passed away the next day.

Police have since located and charged a 19-year-old with murder, he’s due to face Brisbane court today.

While investigations are still underway, with detectives calling on anyone with knowledge of the incident to come forward.

Earlier article: Man in critical condition after Logan stabbing

Queensland COVID-19 case numbers holding steady despite Gold Coast spike

Queensland’s confirmed cases of coronavirus seems to be flattening out, with authorities pleased with how we’re tracking.

There have been a further 33 cases diagnosed overnight, with around half of them (15) on the Gold Coast.

Whilst it’s a big daily spike for the Gold Coast, the number is starting to look consistent for the state.

The day before, Queensland only recorded 31 new cases, down from between 40 and 50 new cases a day earlier last week.

We’re now at a total of 689 cases across the state.

The Gold Coast accounts for 136 of those.

Seven of the total cases are currently in intensive care, with five requiring ventilation.

The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says these numbers are a good sign, but there’s still a lot more work to do.

“That’s been consistent for the last couple of days, so I’m very encouraged by that.

“But we can’t rest on our laurels, we’ve got to keep working hard and we need to do everything we possibly can to even flatten that curve even more,” the Premier said.

81 percent of all cases were people that acquired the disease overseas, and another 15 percent were direct contacts of overseas travellers.

Health Minister Steven Miles says by limiting the travel into Queensland, and making sure that overseas travellers are being properly isolated, the number has been contained.

“From here on in, it’s our social distancing initiative that will allow us to suppress the community transmission, and that’s why these new social distancing limitations are being put into place.

“I understand how hard they will be, they will effectively mean that anyone that lives alone can’t have any visitors.

“But it’s what we need to do,” Minister Miles said.

The national death toll from the virus now sits at 18, which includes three Queenslanders.

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Qld Police will issue on the spot fines to those breaking govt directives

Queensland Police will have no problem issuing on the spot fines to those who are caught breaking social distancing measures.

Yesterday the Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced further measures, limiting outdoor gatherings to no more than two people.

Under the direction, homeowners or persons in control of a residence must not allow more than ten people to be present at the residence at any one time.

Police officers can now issue on the spot fines for any breaches of the Chief Health Officer’s directions, to support community efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If a person does not comply with quarantine directions, penalties of up to $13,345 for individuals and $66,672.50 for corporations may apply.

Officers can also issue on the spot fines of $1334.50 for individuals and $6,672.50 for corporations which fail to abide by the health directions.

Queensland Police have already carried out 71 compliance visits relating to self-quarantine notices.

So far, no breaches have been detected over the last two days, though compliance checks will continue.

Over 3,000 business checks have happened as well, to make sure that non-essential businesses are adhering to the closure directions.

No breaches have been detected.