The Gold Coast has reached a significant milestone in the fight against COVID-19 with the city having no active cases for the first time in more than six months.
The number of active cases across the state has fallen to just five with three patients added to the list of people who have recovered overnight.
That includes the last remaining COVID patient on the Gold Coast, understood to be a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.
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The Gold Coast’s longest virus patient, Richard Misior, was finally transferred to a rehab facility last week after spending more than six months in hospital, including 77 days in intensive care.
Mr Misior contracted COVID-19 on the Ruby Princess cruise ship in March.
The Gold Coast was also the first region in Queensland to record a case of COVID, when a traveller from Wuhan in China was diagnosed in late January.
It comes as Queensland recorded no new active cases overnight, with the state’s total remaining at 1,157.
Premier Annastacia Palasczauk has also welcomed a rebound in testing rates after a significant drop over the last few days.
“In some good news we’ve had over 6700 tests overnight, so well done Queensland and this is fantastic to see,” The Premier said.
Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says while the risk of acquiring COVID in Queensland is low, she’s urging everyone to remain vigilant.
“It never goes away which is why we just have to be so alert and if anyone has any symptoms at all, it’s really important, no matter where they are in Queensland, they come forward and get tested.”