No new virus cases as Qld moves to clear surgery backlog

Queensland has recorded no new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

There are now just five cases still active across the state, including a 30-year-old man from the Sunshine Coast.

He was Queensland’s only new case yesterday, with Queensland Health confirming contact tracing is underway.


“At this time, it is not considered that the community has been exposed however Queensland Health will notify the community if any public health alerts are required,” Qld Health said.

It’s understood the man recently returned from overseas and spent 14 days in quarantine where he tested negative.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the man didn’t test positive to the virus until after he finished his quarantine and returned home to the Sunshine Coast.

“Quarantine has served us very well here in Queensland… Yes, there might be the occasional case that has ended up testing positive after quarantine but that has been the very, very occasional case,” Dr Young told reporters on Sunday.

“In the vast majority of cases we have picked people up within that 14-day incubation period, so we have had literally the one case where someone has developed the infection on day 15.

“So similarly, as we have seen more recently, you can test positive later but that would mean we would be asking enormous numbers of people to continue in quarantine for longer periods, which I don’t think is helpful… We need to go for the vast majority rather than the one-off exception.”

Two of the state’s five active cases are on the Gold Coast, with one of those patients in hospital on a ventilator.

Over the past 24 hours more than 3,200 people have been swabbed, with the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus in Queensland remaining at 1065.

It comes as the State Government today announced it was injecting $250 million to help clear the backlog of elective surgeries in Queensland.

Knee, hip and other elective surgeries were put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 7000 people understood to still be waiting for their procedures.

“Those people shouldn’t have to wait any longer… We are fast tracking those procedures so the people who stood aside to help us all can get the treatment they need,” Premier Annastascia Palaszczuk said.

Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said the funding will help deliver 6000 additional operations and assist with 25,000 specialist appointments as well as the “15,000 operations that would come from those specialist appointments.”

“This funding will ensure that more than 30,000 Queenslanders get the health care that they need,” Mr Miles said.

“We are only in a position to do this because we have been so successful at beating the coronavirus in our community.

“In other parts of the world they are still unable to do elective surgery because their hospitals are full to the brim with COVID patients… we never got there and we have been incredibly fortunate.”

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