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‘Everything on table’ as we record another day with no new infections

Queensland has once again reported zero cases of COVID-19, with health officials conducting more than 100,000 tests for the illness.

Apr 28, 2020, updated Apr 28, 2020
Deputy Premier Steven Miles has committed the government to implementing any recommendations of the Coaldrake inquiry. (Photo: ABC)

Deputy Premier Steven Miles has committed the government to implementing any recommendations of the Coaldrake inquiry. (Photo: ABC)

The state is moving towards an easing of stay at home restrictions on Saturday and has reported only 13 cases over the past week.

It is welcome news for Queensland’s Health Minister.

“This is another zero day for Queensland,” Steven Miles said on Tuesday.

“And my favourite days are zero days.”

Officials are considering what restrictions they will relax next in coming weeks.

That includes students being able to return to school, a decision that will be reviewed on May 15.

“If we keep seeing those really low cases, there’s more of a proposition that more can be open, more contact with students and teachers,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Tuesday.

“Everything is on the table.”

She and other officials are urging everyone to download the Federal Government’s COVID-19 tracking app.

They say it is a key step to returning to life before the pandemic.

“I’ve done it, and you’ve heard that the minister and the Premier have,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.

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As of Tuesday, 101,767 tests have been conducted and 934 of 1033 patients have recovered.

Only 14 people are in hospital and six of them are in intensive care units.

From Saturday, Queenslanders will be permitted to travel up to 50km from home for a picnic, to visit a park, go shopping or even take a boat trip.

However, mingling in public is only allowed among members of the same household or, if you’re single, you can hang out with one other person.

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner and state disaster coordinator Steve Gollschewski said the vast majority of people are adhering to health directions.

But police want to know about those who don’t and have asked Queenslanders to dob each other in via a form, which can be accessed via computer, tablet or smartphone.

It comes on top of a new $1300 on-the-spot fine for deliberately spitting, coughing or sneezing on frontline workers.

Paramedics and medical staff at fever clinics have faced threats of being coughed on by the people they are treating, Miles said.

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