Queensland has recorded another 40 new cases of coronavirus, taking the State’s total to 781, with officials saying we are starting to see new cases stabilise.
But they warn we are in for a “marathon” and now is not the time to be easing any restrictions.
Today’s increase follows a rise of 55 cases on Tuesday.
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Of the 40 new cases, just one was recorded on the Gold Coast, taking the city’s total to 148.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says while the signs are good, we can’t be complacent.
“We are starting to see that steady trend downwards which is encouraging but, like I said, this is a long haul everyone, this is at least six months,” The Premier said.
Queensland’s death toll remains at three while seven people are currently on ventilators in intensive care units across the State, mostly in the southeast.
Queensland Health Director-General John Wakefield says the trend is heading in the right direction.
“What is really great news is that our doubling rate, that means, the time it takes to double today’s numbers, has moved from three days or thereabouts, to around nine or ten days,” Dr Wakefield said.
“That means the tremendous effort, the decisions of government, the support of the community and the excellent work of our health services is flattening the curve, and that is a critical thing that we’re aiming to achieve to make sure the wave of COVID we can cope with in our health care system.
Dr Wakefield insists now is not the time to ease any of the tough restrictions put in place.
“So that is exceptionally good news, but to quote the Premier, this is a marathon, not a sprint. This is not time to let off and we need to continue with these measures and they are working.”
“The focus we should have right now is to continue the very important social distancing policies that have been put in place by both the State and Federal Government.
“We know that that is working to flatten the curve, that is not a case of ‘ok that’ll be done in four weeks’, this is a marathon, it is a long term thing so there is no short term plan to remove those requirements.”
Officials have also rejected claims that Queensland hospitals are running critically low on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline staff, following reports some health care workers were forced to buy supplies from Bunnings.
“There are challenges with supplies but I can confirm that our supply and distribution system is providing the necessary PPE, we have not, at any point, reached a stage where we have difficulties getting PPEs to hospitals,” Dr Wakefield said.
“We have healthy supplies for all the things we need, we also rely on the national stockpile.”
Dr Wakefield confirmed there was an issue with the availability of hand gel but that supplies are now starting to get to hospitals.