Queensland has recorded just one new cases of COVID-19 overnight as the State’s coronavirus curve remains flat, but officials are reluctant to declare we’ve won the battle.
The latest case involved someone who had returned from being in quarantine interstate after acquiring the virus on a cruise ship.
It takes the State’s total number of cases to 1034.
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But only 94 of those cases are still listed as active, with 928 people already recovering.
Of the current cases, just 12 patients are in hospitals across the State with six of those on ventilators in intensive care.
“Once again what we’re seeing is a really great decline in our numbers and of course over these next two weeks are really crucial for a whole range of reasons,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Wednesday.
There’s also been a sharp increase in testing with 3234 people swabbed in the last 24 hours.
More than 104,000 people have now been tested across the State.
“When you consider that only one of those returned positive it means our positive testing rate is incredibly low, we’re maintaining that very, very high testing rate,” Health Minister Steven Miles said.
However Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young says it’s still too early say that Queensland is now on top of the virus, despite the consistently low rate of new cases.
There is growing hope more restrictions will be eased in coming weeks but Dr Young says we can’t get ahead of ourselves.
“If we maintain all of the hard work that we’ve done then yes, I can see a great trajectory going forward, but it’s really, really important that we take it slowly and steadily and we look and check how each reduction in restrictions works,” Dr Young said.
“Because if we do see a rapid surge in locally acquired cases then we might have to go back.”
Dr Young says it will depend on what National Cabinet decides as to what restrictions will be eased in Queensland next.
However the Premier has ruled out reopening the borders anytime soon.
“No not straight away, we would have to see long periods of almost zero before we get to that point,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
The Premier has also urged people to do the right thing this weekend when some stay-at-home restrictions are eased.
Queenslanders will be able to travel up to 50 kms for recreational purposes, visit national parks and shop for non-essential items.
“Look I’m really hoping that Queenslanders and Queensland families act responsibly this weekend and that means if a car park is packed at a national park, please don’t go there.
“If a beach is packed, don’t go there, use your commonsense. I think Queenslanders are pretty good when it comes to commonsense.”
Ms Palaszczuk says the loosening of some restrictions will be great for the mental health of Queenslanders, but she won’t hesitate to reintroduce some measures if people flout the rules,
“We don’t want to see those beaches shut, we don’t want to see the national parks shut so it’s really going to be dependent on people to take that responsibility seriously.”