No new COVID-19 cases as Qlders urged to get flu jab

Queensland has again recorded no new cases of COVID-19 while the number of people who still have the virus has fallen below 100.

The State’s total remains at 1033, but only 93 of those are listed as active.

There are 14 people being treated for the virus in hospital with six of those in intensive care.


The number of tests conducted since the beginning of the outbreak has also passed a milestone, with 101,767 people swabbed.

Officials have also confirmed that the three cases reported on Monday were all acquired from cruise ships.

“Well this is another zero day for Queensland and my favourite days are zero days,” Health Minister Steven Miles said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has signalled more restrictions are likely to be eased in coming weeks as Queensland continues to smash the curve.

“I now have a taskforce convened of health experts with economic experts across government looking at the staged approach that we can look at opening up the economy,” The Premier said.

“We’re putting in all the plans in place, we’ve got a very clear path to recovery and Ill be sharing that with Queenslanders once we have that final advice.”

But the Premier is remaining firm on schools, with students to continue learning from home until the middle of next month.

She says the next two weeks is “critical” in deciding if students return after that.

“If we keep seeing those really low cases there’s more of a proposition that more can be open, more contact with students and teachers, come that decision we have to make on the 15th of May.

“We’re looking at getting more class contact between teachers and students, that’s my number one goal, but what we need to see  is these really low or zero numbers.”

It comes as health officials start to turn their attention to the impending flu season, desperate to avoid a double whammy of coronavirus and influenza.

After a horror season last year, flu numbers have been very low so far this year thanks to socially distancing measures introduced for coronavirus.

But with restrictions beginning to be eased, everyone is being urged to get a flu jab now.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young says it’s important as many Queenslanders as possible get vaccinated for the flu this year.

“We see the peak of the flu season in Queensland in June through to September so now’s the time to get vaccinated so that you’ll have immunity for when increased cases of flu may start to circulate,” Dr Young said.

“So far we’ve seen very very low numbers of flu because everyone’s socially distancing so you’d expect that.

“We do have a vaccine so we should avail ourselves of it . No one wants to get a disease that they don’t need to get and also we know that the vulnerable are at risk of severe consequences.”

The State Government is also strongly encouraging all Queenslanders to download the Federal Government’s COVIDSafe app.

More than two million Australians have installed the app since it was released on Sunday night.

“This app, if enough people download it, will help us continue to control COVID-19 without the harsh restrictions that we have needed so far,” Mr Miles said.

Dr Young says the app is a crucial tool in preventing any new large outbreaks of the virus.

“As well as not have new cases or to have very, very small cases is to be able to very, very rapidly contact trace the people who’ve been in contact with that case and that’s where the app will help us enormously.”

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Time for schools to allow all children to get an education in front of a teacher. Let the parents decide if they want their kids back at school.

Yes i agree. I just worry about an outbreak but i do think kids need the structure of school.

Sorry I meant QLD Schools as other states are getting the job done and getting kids back to school.