Queensland has recorded a further 50 cases of coronavirus, taking the State’s total to 493.
Four of the new cases were recorded on the Gold Coast, while 39 were in Brisbane.
The Gold Coast has now had 91 cases since the outbreak began.
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Officials say the majority of cases across the State continue to be concentrated among those returning from overseas and people who have had contact with known cases.
It comes after Queensland recorded its first death in the State, with a 69-year-old man, who was a passenger on the Ruby Princess cruise ship.
A 77-year-old Queensland woman had earlier died in a Sydney hospital.
“My condolences go that family who are currently grieving in Toowoomba the loss of that 69-year-old gentleman,” Health Minister Steven Miles said on Thursday.
“It should serve as a reminder to us all that this virus will kill and that is why we are taking it all so seriously.
“It could kill somebody you know . they could catch it, they could have caught it from you and that is why it is so important, so important, that absolutely everybody complies with the social distancing measures that we have put in place.”
Queensland has now conducted 40,946 tests since the outbreak began which Mr Miles says is allowing us to contain the virus.
“Right now, we have no Queenslanders in intensive care which is much lower than the levels of hospitalisations and intensive care seen anywhere in the world and it’s precisely because of our high level of testing.”
“If you’re sick, stay at home”
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young says despite the spike in numbers, the virus is being well controlled in Queensland.
“We’ve done a brilliant job. We had 50 new cases today, we’re holding our own, we really and truly are. We’re not seeing that exponential rise in cases which is excellent,” Dr Young said.
“We can manage those cases, we can manage those numbers.”
Dr Young also issued has issued a stern warning to everybody not to go out if they are unwell, no matter what the illness is or what symptoms are.
“If you are sick stay at home, it doesn’t matter what the cause of that illness is, stay at home.
“Then if you’re in one of those categories that could mean you have COVID-19, seek advice, then get assessed and get tested if you meet the criteria.”
Dr Young said too many people were still putting others at risk.
“We are still seeing people go to work for three or four days unwell then think, ‘this might be COVID-19’ and get tested and yes it is.
“Then we have to do an enormous amount of contact tracing , we have to require a large number of people to go into quarantine.
“So if we can just stop that one problem , if every single Queenslander, all 5 million of us, if we get unwell just stay home.”