Queensland has recorded three new cases of COVID-19 overnight as the Premier flags a further easing of restrictions.
However testing rates were also very low, with just 950 people across the State swabbed on Sunday despite a strong push to test as many people as possible.
The new cases take the State’s total to 1038.
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All three positive tests involve returning travellers with one of those acquiring the virus on a cruise ship.
There are now just 52 active cases in Queensland, and only nine on the Gold Coast.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young says the low testing rates are likely to be because fewer people are suffering any respiratory illnesses.
But she’s urged people to get tested straight away if they’re feeling unwell.
“See the GP, perhaps GPs weren’t open yesterday which of course led to some of that reduction in testing, if a GP is not open attend a fever clinic or a hospital.
“If you’re unwell, stay at home, if you’re unwell get tested they’re the two most important things if we all follow we’ll manage this and we’ll be able to list restrictions going forward.”
It comes as the State Government today announced that students would begin a staged return to the classroom from next week.
“We have seen really good numbers in Queensland and that is why we have been able to make this decision,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Monday.
The Premier has also indicated restaurants and cafes could be next in line with a recovery road map set to be released within the next fortnight
Ms Palasszczuk will meet with stakeholders this week to set out a plan, similar to the return of schools.
“We are absolutely focussed on how we can get people back into work and that will be the focus of my discussions this week.”
National Cabinet will also meet twice this week to look at a further easing of restrictions.
The Premier has flagged next month as a likely date for fully reopening restaurants and cafes and possibly bars, describing June as an “ambitious good target.”
“I can’t say whether it’s early June or late June but I’m going to have those discussions.
“We’ve got to take these things a couple of weeks at a time, we cant do it all at once, we’ve got to take a couple of steps and see how it goes which is what we’re doing with the schools and of course the next step will be the restaurants and cafes I think.”