Qld records one new virus case ahead of easing restrictions

Queensland has recorded one new case of coronavirus, as the state prepares to ease further restrictions tomorrow.

The new active case has been detected in Rockhampton, while Queensland has also added another old case to its state tally.

“It is of some concern,” the Premier said at a press conference a short time ago.


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“It does go to show that there are still cases out there in Queensland… We are not out of the woods.”

Health Minister Steven Miles and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young confirmed the new active case is a nurse at a central Queensland aged care home, with the facility now in lockdown.

A rapid response team has been sent to the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre, with contact tracing now underway.

READ MORE: Qld aged care home in lockdown after nurse diagnosed with COVID-19

It brings the state’s total to 1054, with just 17 active cases across the state.

On the Gold Coast, there is just one active case of COVID-19 remaining.

It comes as Queenslanders prepare to head out to their favourite cafes and restaurants as restrictions are relaxed across the state from midnight tonight.

However, police are warning they will be out in full force ensuring businesses and customers are still social distancing, with only 10 people allowed in one place at a time.

Beauty salons will also swing open their doors for the first time in weeks tomorrow, while public parks, playgrounds and barbecues are among the other freedoms being given back to Queenslanders following the pandemic.

Those wanting to hit the road will also be able to do so, with Queenslanders now allowed to travel up to 150km from their homes for recreation.

The Premier announced this morning that Fraser Island, Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island will reopen this weekend for people wanting to take day trips only.

The remaining areas in Springbrook National Park including Gwongorella day use and picnic areas, Purlingbrook Falls, and Tallanbana trail head will also be reopened to visitors.

However, State Disaster Coordinator Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said officers will be conducting patrols across the whole state to make sure people are complying with restrictions.

“Those $1334 fines remain in place for anyone who blatantly disregards the law” he warned.

Those wanting to enjoy a meal and drink at their local pub, restaurant and cafe, or those looking forward to getting their nails done are being urged to book ahead.

We’re also being told to use our common sense.

“If you see a place is busy and crowded, don’t go in there, go somewhere else,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

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