Queensland Premier tested for COVID-19 after losing voice

The State Government has confirmed Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has tested negative for Coronavirus.

It comes after questions surrounding the Premier’s health were raised on Thursday morning, when she failed to front the media and started to lose her voice earlier this week.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles refused to comment on the matter while speaking to reporters on Thursday morning.


However, Treasurer Cameron Dick let it slip during his press conference this afternoon that the Premier had in fact undergone a COVID test.

“Yes, the Premier lost her voice… I can advise you that she had a COVID-19 test and that’s come back negative,” Mr Dick said.

“So she’s done the right thing, she’s listened to the health advice, she’s obeyed the science and the science that informs the health advice and that’s the appropriate thing for Queenslanders to do.”

However, the State Opposition has now accused the Premier of ignoring the state’s health advice.

In a statement, LNP Shadow Minister for Health Ros Bates said it seemed the Premier had been “reckless and not taken the health advice she had been spruiking”.

“I’m glad to hear the Premier tested negative to COVID, but it raises many questions,” Ms Bates said.

“The official advice is that if people are feeling unwell they should get tested. They should stay home and isolate until they get the results.

“It appears the Premier has done neither and contradicted her own advice after being tested on Wednesday night – two days after having symptoms.

“It follows reports on Monday night during an online community forum that the Premier complained of a sore throat.

“After that she travelled to both Mackay and Bundaberg with COVID symptoms and from a restricted area in Brisbane that has seen a number of cases in recent weeks.”

Ms Bates said the Premier needs to “explain why she has contradicted her own health advice”.

“It seems there is one rule for her and another rule for everyone else.”