Gold Coast almost virus-free as QLD records two new cases

More than 100 days after recording the country’s first case of COVID-19, the Gold Coast is edging closer to being virus-free.

There are now just three active cases on the Gold Coast, out of a total of 20 active cases across the entire State.

A total of 191 people on the Gold Coast are now listed as having recovered.


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Queensland recorded two new cases overnight with the State’s total at a revised 1045 after two earlier positive tests were found to be false.

One of the new cases was detected in the Metro South health region and was acquired on a cruise ship.

The second case was in Cairns with officials still tracing the origin.

Of the current cases in Queensland, just eight patients remain in hospital with three in intensive care.

Testing rates remained relatively high yesterday despite the weekend, with 2728 people swabbed in the last 24 hours.

More than 135,000 people have now been tested across Queensland since the beginning of the outbreak.

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From April 2019, just add Covid-19

Queensland is experiencing one of its worst flu seasons, with thousands of patients flooding under-resourced hospitals as experts desperately work to identify the aggressive strain.
The number of Queenslanders diagnosed with the flu this season is almost three times higher than average, and the state’s public health system has buckled under the pressure.
At least 6500 people have been diagnosed with the flu since the beginning of the year, and the state’s hospitals— already at capacity — have had to carve out space in unused rooms to take in patients needing medical treatment.
Queensland’s Health Minister Steven Miles said hundreds of patients have been admitted to hospital and “about 50 are in intensive care”.