“Reckless and irresponsible” Calls for all Qld protesters to be tested for virus

The State’s Shadow Health Minister has called for all protesters who attended the weekend’s rally in Brisbane to be tested for coronavirus, even if they don’t have symptoms.

It comes after a 30-year-old man who attended a similar Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne on Saturday tested positive to the disease, sparking fears of a potential outbreak in the state.

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LNP Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates says the Queensland Government’s decision to allow the protest to go ahead was “reckless and irresponsible”.

“Labor should have stopped the protest, given that proud veterans and their families were stopped from marching through Brisbane on ANZAC Day,” Ms Bates said.

She also slammed those who took part in the rally, claiming they “ignored coronavirus restrictions to march” and have now put “Queensland lives and livelihoods at risk”.

As a result, Ms Bates is calling for the almost 15,000 people who marched to now be tested regardless of whether they are showing symptoms or not.

“Those who attended the Queensland rallies should be encouraged to be tested even if they don’t have symptoms, following the news that a man tested positive following his attendance at the Melbourne rally,” she said.

“Queensland cannot risk the consequences of a second wave.”

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