Zero new cases as "very crucial" week begins for QLD

3 August 2020, Written by Business News Australia

Zero new cases as "very crucial" week begins for QLD

Queensland has reported no new cases of COVID-19 overnight but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says this will be a "very crucial" week for controlling the virus in the Sunshine State.

The Premier also revealed all the 105 residents at the Bolton Clarke Aged Care home at Pinjarra Hills, who had a staff member infected with COVID-19, received negative tests. 

"In the last 24 hours 7,482 people have come forward to be tested," she said.

Today's news follows the reporting of one new coronavirus case yesterday who had recently returned from overseas via New South Wales and is in quarantine.

The man travelled on a Jetstar flight JQ790 to Maroochydoore on 31 July while infectious - an issue Premier Palaszczuk will be raising with National Cabinet.

"I think now is the time for overseas travelers to definitely go into mandatory hotel quarantine," she said.

"There have been some exemptions. I don't think the time is right now for those exemptions."

Also on the Sunshine Coast, concerns were raised over a lack of social distancing on a crowded hill at yesterday's NRL clash between the Melbourne Storm and the Newcastle Knights at Sunshine Coast Stadium in Kawana Waters.

"The majority of people were seated, they weren't moving around...I want to commend the NRL for taking that very swift action and letting my office know this morning that they will be reducing the numbers [in the stadium] by 1,000," the Premier said at today's press conference. 

Deputy Premier Steven Miles noted there were now just 12 active cases in Queensland, of whom one in the Metro North region is considered recovered and seven are still in hospital.

"Our contact tracing has progressed well over the weekend," Miles said.

"There are now just 10 remaining contacts outstanding, and our teams will continue to work to contact those people throughout the day.

"We've now tested nearly 510,000 Queenslanders, which is a great result."

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said there had been an increase in turnaround times for test results from the usual 17 hours to beween 31 and 38 hours, but teams were now working to bring the timeframe down to under 24 hours.

Queenslanders with symptoms or who have been to venues registered as attended by coronavirus-positive cases are urged to get tested and stay in self-isolation until they receive a negative result. 

The recent cluster that has emerged in Brisbane's south and the Logan corridor led the Northern Territory to declare Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan as COVID-19 hotspots on Friday afternoon.

This means the NT border will effectively be closed to people who have been in these areas in the past 14 days, and if they do enter the territory they will need to go into hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Updated at 11:07am AEST on 3 August 2020.


Author: Business News Australia





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