April 6, 2021

A 77-year-old man – a dual PNG/UK national – died on Monday from COVID-19 in Redcliffe Hospital.

The man was transported by medevac from PNG to Queensland on March 28 when his condition began to worsen and since then has been in an intensive care unit.

“PNG is one of Queensland’s closest neighbours, and when we can offer support to our neighbours, we can, and we will,” a Queensland Health spokesperson said.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, aeromedical crews have transferred a number of COVID positive, and potentially COVID positive, patients to Queensland.

“As this case was diagnosed in PNG, it will be not be included in Queensland’s statistics.”

The Queensland COVID-19 death toll remains at six and has not changed since April 2020.

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The current COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland are likely to end on April 15.

Fragments of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected at the Capalaba, Maroochydore and Maryborough wastewater treatment plants.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said anyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, should come forward and get tested.

“As we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, we’re still in this pandemic and we can’t be complacent,” she said.

“It is critical we detect any cases that we may not be aware of as quickly as possible through our testing system.”

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