No new cases in Qld as protesters warned about weekend rally

Queensland has recorded another day of zero new cases of coronavirus.

There are now just three active cases across the whole state, with two of those here on the Gold Coast.

In Queensland, the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus stands at 1060, however 1049 of those have thankfully now recovered.


Today’s positive news comes as the Premier urges Queenslanders planning on attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Brisbane this weekend to rather show their respects from home.

Thousands of people are expected to head along and march in support of American man George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.

But Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged protesters to “please think about staying at home and showing support through social media instead”.

“We are living in a different world at the moment and I would hope that people respect the health advice, however there will be people who will turn out,” she admitted.

“We know this because people have been speaking with police and police are speaking with some of the organisers.”

Ms Palaszczuk urged anyone who still plans on marching to continue to social distance.

“If you do go, we are asking people to be very mindful of social distancing and staying in family groups,” the Premier said.

“I ask people to please be respectful, we’ve seen what has been happening in other countries around the world.

“In Queensland we have worked very proactively towards reconciliation.

“We have acknowledged the stolen wages and we have fixed some of the injustices of the past… We have worked collectively together to empower people and we respect equality, so I hope that all Queenslanders, especially tomorrow on Queensland Day, are respectful.”

The Black Lives Matter – Stop Black Deaths In Custody protest is due to kick off in Brisbane’s King George Square at 1pm on Saturday.

Organisers of the event say it is a peaceful protest and have urged people to “wear a face mask and other PPE, use hand sanitiser, stay home if you are sick or at a high risk status for infection”.

The Facebook event page also says that there will be designated marshals to “remind the gathering about social distancing and safety”, while legal observers will also be present to “watch any interactions with the police.”

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