Some good news for Queensland today, with the state recording no new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
It comes following the easing of the sit-down rule which kicked in at 4.00pm on Friday, allowing people to stand up while eating and drinking at pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.
Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said it was a great reward for the state.
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“Queenslanders enjoyed the result of their efforts last night, they stood for the first time in bars, cafes and restaurants to enjoy their drinks and snacks, and again that’s just another reward for how effectively we have managed the virus here in Queensland,” he said.
But Dr Miles said the pandemic is far from over, which was proven with the news yesterday that US President Donald Trump and his wife had tested positive to COVID-19.
“It underlines how nobody is immune from this virus,” Minister Miles told reporters on Saturday.
“It underlines how we first, before we can focus on getting people back to work and businesses open, we have to get the health response right, which is precisely what we have done here in Queensland.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Health Officer has defended the online comment he made about President Trump after he tested positive to COVID-19.
Minister Miles took to social media yesterday asking Trump: “Have you considered intravenous disinfectant?” in response to the President’s tweet about testing positive to the virus.
Some people have slammed the statement as inappropriate, but Dr Miles said he’s not ashamed about making the comment.
“I think it gave me a chance to highlight that some of the treatments he has suggested don’t work, he won’t be using them himself, so why would he go out and say that he thought he had found a treatment,” he said.
“I think this just underlines how many ridiculous and irresponsible statements he as a world leader has made about this disease and I don’t think it’s inappropriate for me to point that out.”
Meanwhile, the current Queensland Public Health Emergency Declaration has now been extended across the state until midnight on 31 December.
The declaration was due to lapse at midnight on Friday, however Dr Jeannette Young said that the extension was necessary to keep Queenslanders safe.
“Extending the public health emergency makes sure that we can continue to do everything within our power to protect Queenslanders from COVID-19,” Dr Young said.
“We can’t forget that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic and our response to the pandemic must continue.”
More than 4800 people were swabbed for the virus in the past 24 hours.
There are now just six cases still active across the state.