There’s been another spike in coronavirus cases on the Gold Coast, with another 15 people testing positive in the past 24 hours.
Across Queensland, there’s been 62 new cases of the virus, taking the state total to 555.
In Queensland, there is one person who remains in intensive care, while more than 42,965 people have been tested for COVID-19.
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Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said most of the cases are still from people returning from overseas.
“As of yesterday, of our cases, 80 per cent were acquired overseas. Almost all of the rest of them were direct contacts of those who had acquired it overseas, people like household members,” Minister Miles said.
“What that tells us, is that our social distancing measures are working.”
Minister Miles said the strict new quarantine measures announced by the Prime Minister today were extremely important to help stop the spread of the virus.
“We still have cases coming from overseas, so while we have stopped the spread here, we continue to import it through Queenslanders and Australians coming home from overseas,” he said.
“We need to put a stop to this importation of this virus, so the Prime Minister’s announcement is so important… It puts a deadline on people coming back, so my message to Queenslanders, anywhere in the world, is that if you can get back before midnight Saturday, please do.
“If you’re watching this and you’re thinking of a family member who’s currently overseas and can come home to Queensland, ring them up and ask them to come back… We want to treat you, if you’re going to get sick, in one of our hospitals.”
“If you get back after midnight on Saturday, you can still come we will just need to you to comply with that 14 day quarantine, and to ensure that you do and ensure that you don’t infect anyone else in your household we will confine you to a hotel room”.
Contact tracing is underway for the 62 new cases in Queensland.