April 6, 2020
Queensland has had 48 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday, taking the State’s total to 921.
This includes 14 new cases reported by Queensland Health since Sunday for which contact tracing has begun.
Of these 921 cases, 43 patients are currently in hospital, 12 are in intensive care and 10 are on ventilators.
There have been five deaths.
In the Darling Downs Health region, there have been 40 confirmed cases. No new cases were reported on either Sunday or Monday.
The most cases continue to be in the Metro North Health region (280), followed by Metro South (213), Gold Coast (175) and the Sunshine Coast (84).
A total of 57,795 tests have been conducted in Queensland.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young told reporters on Monday that COVID-19 testing would now be expanded in the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Cairns areas.
Anyone in these areas who attends a GP or a fever clinic with COVID-19 symptoms – such as a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath – would be tested.
Testing had previously been restricted to people with symptoms who had arrived from overseas, had contact with a known COVID-19 case or were front-line health workers.
Dr Young said the expanded testing in these areas would provide a better understanding of the extent of community transmission.
There are currently 32 cases in Queensland where health authorities have not been able to trace the source of the infection.
Nationally, there have been 5795 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 40 deaths.
There are 448 people in hospital including 96 people in intensive care, and 35 on ventilators.
At 6:00am on Monday, the most confirmed cases continued to be in NSW (2637) followed by Victoria (1135).