Gold Coast patient among five new QLD COVID-19 cases

Queensland has recorded five new cases of coronavirus overnight including one on the Gold Coast.

However three of those cases were Queenslanders who had already tested positive interstate.

Health officials are still investigating the source of the new Gold Coast case, while the fifth case involved a household contact of a known case in Brisbane.


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Nine people remain in hospitals across the southeast, four of those in intensive care with just one requiring ventilation.

There are now just 57 active cases across the State with a further 980 listed as having recovered.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young says today’s result is more good news, especially after a long weekend.

“Most people heard the messaging and were very, very responsible, so that will aid us as we go forward,” Dr Young said.

“It’s important to recognise that we are still getting the occasional case and if we don’t manage that and we have more people out and about it could be a risk.

“So that’s why it’s so important that people, wherever possible, maintain that 1.5 metre distance and if they’re unwell with any symptoms at all, stay home and go and get tested.”

Testing rates remained relatively low over the weekend with just 1069 people swabbed in the last 24 hours.

More than 117,000 Queenslanders have now been tested since the beginning of the outbreak.

“We have seen a slow decline in the number of people coming forward to be tested and I’m sure that’s because we’re not seeing respiratory disease in our community, so people are well, so don’t feel the need to be tested.

“But definitely, if you’ve got any symptoms at all, please, this is really, really important, don’t stay
at home. Come forward and get tested.”

It comes as the Premier begins looking at allowing Queenslanders to travel around the State in a bid to restart our ailing tourism industry.

Annastacia Palaszczuk is set to hold talks with tourism operators this week to formulate a road map to recovery.

“It is really important that once we have settled our plan for schools, that now we can focus on our plan for Queensland’s economic recovery, including jobs,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We’ll be speaking with those operators this week as well to look at what are those mechanisms that
need to be put in place.”

The Premier says allowing travel within the State is being considered but has ruled out reopening the border anytime soon.

“Look, we review the border restrictions at the end of every month and I can’t see that happening any time soon. But, of course, we’ve got to take it one step at a time.

“What it might be first and foremost is it might be Queensland supporting Queenslanders. So it might be, you know, short-term accommodation initially, but we need to take this cautiously and, of course, National Cabinet is looking the what restrictions can be lifted and some time frames around that.”

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We’re only days out from the long weekend and “Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young says today’s result is more good news, especially after a long weekend”! Now, the government states, there is up to a 14 day incubation period, so really… what a silly thing to say! With that knowledge, it’s fair to say that we can still be seeing cases manifest from the long weekend in the next week or so. Being “chief health officer” she shouldn’t be putting out information that gives a false sense of security!