No new local cases as Qld reveals new COVID-19 hospital plan

Queensland Health authorities are breathing a sigh of relief, with the state recording no new local COVID-19 cases today.

One person who recently returned from Pakistan has tested positive, however, the virus was acquired overseas and detected in hotel quarantine so doesn’t pose a threat.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett said the encouraging recent figures prove the snap Brisbane lockdown has served its purpose.


“That’s fantastic news. That, along with the one case yesterday, the one locally acquired case that was already in quarantine, really highlights, I think, that we are making great progress in this most recent outbreak,” Dr Bennett said.

Health authorities have also praised the hundreds of people who have been forced into quarantine as a result of the two virus clusters.

“It is the Easter weekend and there are a lot of people who find themselves in quarantine at the moment that didn’t expect it, and that’s obviously very difficult and we would just like to say thank you to those people because that is all contributing to this outbreak response,” Dr Bennett said.

Meantime, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has confirmed authorities are looking at the possibility of using just one hospital to house all of the state’s virus patients.

“We’re looking at, at the moment, other options of having a single area in one hospital where we can bring COVID patients instead of spreading them over different hospitals in Brisbane,” Ms D’Ath said.

“We believe that will reduce the risk and help with our resources as far as our health workers and making sure it is only health workers who are vaccinated working with the staff.”

The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital has been flagged, but Ms D’Ath said officials are still looking into which hospital would be best.

“We are looking at what is the best model going forward to reduce the risk of any spread of transmission of COVID with our positive patients in our hospital system,” Ms D’Ath said.

“At the moment, they’re spread across a number of hospitals.

“We’re not suggesting it’ll be one single hospital across the whole state because we’d still be using others outside the Brisbane area as well.”

There are 72 COVID-19 cases still considered active in Queensland

In the past 24 hours, more than 14,000 people have come forward for testing.

“Thank you to all those people who are still coming out and getting tested,” Ms D’Ath said.

“The clinics are still open today and tomorrow, so if you are feeling unwell, please go get your test and stay home and wait for your results”.