It’s a very happy Friday for Queensland today, with the state recording another day of no new cases of coronavirus.
It’s the fifth time in the last two weeks that Queensland has enjoyed no new cases of the virus, with just eight people testing positive in the last 7 days.
The state’s total number of cases remains at 1033.
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“We are very fortunate here in Queensland to be waking up with no new cases,” Health Minister Steven Miles said on Friday.
There are now just 80 active cases that are being monitored across the state.
Of those, eleven are in hospital and four are in intensive care units.
Mr Miles also revealed that 2715 Queenslanders remain in Quarantine.
It comes as the state prepares to relax stay-at-home restrictions from midnight tonight, with Minister Miles urging locals to “not mess it up”.
As of tomorrow, Queenslanders will be allowed to travel up to 50km from their homes for recreational activities like picnics, fishing, boating, motorbike riding and visiting national parks with members of their household or just one other person.
Shopping for non-essentials items like clothes and shoes will also be allowed, however there will be strict rules in place, including one person per 4 square metres in a store.
At this morning’s press conference, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed she’s currently working on measures to enable cafes and restaurants to fully reopen.
At this stage, they’re only allowed to offer takeaway food and coffee.
“We are working on a whole range of measures at the moment… One of the areas we are looking at is cafes and restaurants,” she said.
“We will be having detailed discussions with organisations during the course of next week and of course we are looking at what is COVID safe.
“Our general principal here is how is a cafe or restaurant COVID safe? How are shops COVID safe and how are schools COVID safe?
“So as long as we put in place all these measures and we continue to have that flattening of the curve… We are doing a really good job and Queenslanders should be so proud of themselves.”