Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a welcome downward trend in new coronavirus cases was continuing, while testing for community transmissions will be expanded.
Ms Palaszczuk said 14 new cases today was another encouraging sign.
“So everyone keep up your social distancing, and this weekend stay in your suburb.”
Additional testing has been announced for people who are unwell, not just previously eligible testing groups, to gauge community transmission in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns.
Meanwhile, Maritime Safety Queensland is processing requests from cruise ships to enter the Port of Brisbane to refuel and provision prior to the 8 April deadline to leave Australia.
Also today, the Premier:
- With the Health Minister announced a $17.5 million plan to accommodate health workers in hotels to protect them from any family members who may have the virus.
- Endorsed Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate’s decision to restrict beaches to locals only.
- Thanked the 18,000 Queenslanders who’ve enlisted so far in the Care Army.
- And acknowledged the RNA’s sad but necessary decision to cancel this year’s show.
“My little niece burst into tears when she heard, and I know it will be hard for families.
“The Ekka will be back next year, but we are in a crisis, so we need to make sure that we are looking after everybody and stopping the spread,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
- $17.5M plan for free accommodation if frontline health workers want to self-isolate
- $50 million tax relief for pubs and clubs
- New: 14 Total: 921 Deaths: 5 Recovered: 173 Tests: 57,795
Most cases are patients who went overseas or contacted a patient who went overseas. But the Chief Health Officer has ordered more testing for community transmission.
- Home and gathering restrictions: One or two visitors allowed.
“…an owner…or person in control of a residence may allow up to two visitors who are not ordinarily members of the person’s household.”
- Border restrictions: Entry only for Queensland residents and exempt persons.
Please refer to www.qld.gov.au/border-pass