Health Minister, Attorney-General provide update on new COVID-19 cases and government’s response


Queensland’s chief health officer says anyone with any respiratory symptoms can now be tested. It comes as Health Minister Steven Miles reveals there have been two new cases of coronavirus in Queensland in the past 24 hours. WATCH LIVE

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has just announced that anyone in Queensland with any respiratory symptoms can now be tested across the state.

Dr Young said the state had the capacity to ramp up testing.

“We know that if you come forward and if you have COVID-19, the quicker you are to isolate yourself from the rest of the world, the better,” she said.

Health Minister Steven Miles said there have been more than 95,000 tests conducted.

He said 375 of Queensland’s 1026 cases were confirmed while the infected people were quarantine, which proved the effectiveness of the state’s tough quarantine measures.

Camera IconAttorney-General Yvette D’Ath says authorities are ramping up their crackdown on Queenslanders in quarantine. Credit: AAP, Jono Searle

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said a statewide blitz on the more than 3500 Queenslanders in quarantine had found 93 per cent were complying.

“It’s great to see 93 per cent playing by the rules, but we want to get that up to 100 per cent,” she said.

“… they hold the fate of five million fellow Queenslanders in their hands.”

“What these 3500 people do and every person who goes into isolation or quarantine over the coming days, weeks and months, will decide the future of Queensland’s health,” she said.

“It is in their hands whether this virus spreads throughout our community so we thank them for their compliance but we require their compliance at law because five million Queenslanders’ health is in the hands of the 3500 people who are required to be staying at home at law.

“This isn’t optional, we need you, Queenslanders need you, to comply.”

The Attorney-General revealed 500 public servants were being trained to help Queensland Health with contact tracing.

Those staff, who have been identified to help out if necessary, currently work across various government departments.

Police undertook a compliance blitz on Monday this week, where they knocked on the doors of 158 people who were in quarantine.

Of those, 147 people were at home complying with their order and eight were non-compliant including six who returned to NSW.

A further two had illegitimate details while two needed medical treatment.

One person was not at their address.

Asked whether this person had been found, Ms D’Ath said police were still investigating.

Ms D’Ath reminded those in quarantine of the significant fines they faced if they did not comply.

“If you break quarantine, even if you just take the dog out for a walk, you’ll be automatically fined $1334 and in some cases you can be fined up to $13,345,” she said.

Ms D’Ath said Queensland’s coronavirus enforcement taskforce was growing in capability, with 500 public servants to do online training for contract tracing.

It comes after two new cases were recorded yesterday. There have only been eight since Monday, including two 24-hour periods with no new cases.

As of yesterday, there were 1026 cases of coronavirus reported in Queensland with 282 of those still active.



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