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.
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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.