Queensland’s COVID-19 rate lowest in over a month

Queensland has recorded its lowest increase in new coronavirus cases in more than a month as the State continues to flatten the curve.

There’s been just five positive cases in the last 24 hours out of 1434 tests.

No new cases were recorded on the Gold Coast overnight.


The State’s total is now at a revised 999, while the Gold Coast’s total has also been revised down to 184.

“Once again I really want to congratulate Queenslanders for the effort they’re putting in, but like I said we’re not out of the woods yet so we need to keep it up,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Wednesday.

Of all the State’s cases, 552 remain active, 442 have recovered and the death toll remains at five.

A total of 23 people are currently being treated in Queensland hospitals with 11 of those in intensive care.

Health Minister Steven Miles says it’s our smallest daily increase since early March, despite testing numbers remaining high.

“You’ll recall we went very quickly from those numbers in early March to a peak of 78 on the 24th of the March so to have suppressed that daily rate to five is a fantastic result and a credit to all Queenslanders who have complied with those social distancing restrictions we’ve put in place,” Mr Miles said.

There are currently 39 cases of community transmission where the source of the virus hasn’t been able to be traced, with just one further local case overnight.

However officials have raised concerns about the increasing number of people who are testing positive to COVID-19 after travelling interstate.

There has been 17 people who have contracted the virus in another State before returning to Queensland.

Mr Miles says it’s further proof why we need tougher controls at Queensland’s borders.

“Nobody is above or beyond those restrictions and if it is not essential, you should not be travelling to other States.”

More than 15,000 travellers have arrived at domestic airports in Queensland since the tougher border measures came into force on March 27.

Of those, 2911 have been ordered into quarantine including 24 yesterday.

Police have intercepted a total of 85,517  vehicles at Queensland road borders with 1574 of those turned around.

A total of 3284 people have been ordered into quarantine after coming into Queensland by road.

Police have also now issued 884 fines for breaches of the rules.

“The vast majority of Queenslanders are listening to the messaging and are doing the right thing,” State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski said.

“In many instances our Police are intersecting with the community and simply providing advice to them around what they need to do in order to comply with the directions.”

Police have also been continuing their patrols of the southbound lanes of the M1 to deter non-locals travelling to the Gold Coast.

More than 260 vehicles have been turned around because their travel was non-essential however Police have not issued any further fines.