Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young

April 23, 2020

Queensland’s COVID-19 tally of confirmed cases rose by two overnight, taking the State’s total to 1026 since the pandemic began.

There are no new cases in the Darling Downs Health region.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said 955 of the 1026 confirmed cases had recently travelled overseas or had close contact with a confirmed case, such as their partner or flatmate.

“We’ve continued to see limited community transmission in Queensland, with 42 cases where we don’t know the source of infection,” Dr Young said.

“It’s encouraging that numbers are staying very low this week – with only eight cases recorded so far – and we want to keep it that way.

“Stay home as much as possible and stay in (your) suburb when undertaking essential activities such as going to the supermarket or exercising.”

Dr Young said a total of 92,699 tests for COVID-19 has been undertaken in Queensland, with 2539 tests done during the previous day.

Most Queenslanders who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms.

Currently, 20 of the 282 active confirmed cases are in hospital, with seven people in intensive care.

The remainder are recovering at home.

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Police are maintaining a strong presence at Queensland borders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, with more than 100,000 vehicles intercepted during the first four weeks.

Police from Mt Isa have shared vision of plagues of gidgee bugs crawling over trailers and crunching under police cars.

To stay warm at night during patrols, officers from Camooweal started a fire pit and were joined by their Northern Territory counterparts along with Australian Federal Police and Australian Defence Force personnel.

The last time restrictions were introduced between the Queensland-NSW border was in 1919 when a barbed-wire fence was built at Coolangatta to prevent the spread of Spanish Flu.

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Queensland Breakdown

Health Service  Active  Recovered  Deaths Total 
Cairns and Hinterland 6 28 0 34
Central Queensland 2 6 0 8
Central West 0 0 0 0
Darling Downs 15 25 2 42
Gold Coast 53 137 0 190
Mackay 4 11 0 15
Metro North 75 235 3 313
Metro South 82 167 0 249
North West 0 0 0 0
South West 0 0 0 0
Sunshine Coast 14 75 1 90
Torres and Cape 0 0 0 0
Townsville 5 19 0 24
West Moreton 11 26 0 37
Wide Bay 15 9 0 24
Total 282 738 6 1026*

* Queensland Health notes that changes may occur in the number of notifications reported from day-to-day. This is due to updates as new information becomes available or where discrepancies are detected through data quality assurance activities.

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