Queensland has recorded three new overseas acquired coronavirus cases all detected in hotel quarantine.
- Two airline staff tested positive to coronavirus after leaving Australia
- Masks will be mandated to be worn in airports and on planes at all times
- The Premier flagged dancing will soon be allowed in indoor venues again
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said one was a female in hotel quarantine and the two others were female flight crew who had departed Australia prior to their results being available.
“Once again, no concerns, and we are on track to have those restrictions lifted,” she said.
“We’ve only got two more days to go, so fingers crossed that all will be very, very good for Friday morning.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said Queensland Health now tested all flight crew when they arrived into Queensland.
“They’re going into hotel quarantine, but we do let them leave that to go back on the flight when they leave Queensland, not on domestic flights, but on to international flights,” Dr Young said.
“We’ll let the national incident room know about the flight crew and they’ll let the relevant airline know so that they can manage that.”
Dr Young said while the state was on track to have the restrictions and mask mandate lifted on Friday, some mask restrictions would remain for airports and planes beyond then, as was decided by National Cabinet.
“Once you go into an airport precinct, indoors or outdoors, you will have to wear a mask going forward,” she said.
“That will continue even when the other restrictions are removed on Friday, and on planes, the same thing you will need to wear a mask.”
Residents encouraged to wear masks beyond Friday
Dr Young said if the restrictions were lifted on Friday, she would still encourage people to wear a mask if they could not social distance.
“Particularly public transport and also in shopping centres where you just can’t socially distance,” she said.
The only places that mask wearing will be mandated is in airports and on planes.”
Dr Young said she was certain the UK strain of the virus was not circulating in the community after six cases were linked to the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane last week.
“My advice would be that in Queensland, we can be fairly confident that we don’t have virus circulating in the community,” she said.
“Over the last few weeks, we’re seeing the majority of the people coming back from the UK, who we can sequence, have the new strain but they’re in hotel quarantine the same as everyone else.”
Man refused to wear mask, resisted arrest
Ms Palaszczuk said if restrictions were lifted on Friday, health authorities would issue a new roadmap, with indoor dancing back on the cards.
“We are on track to have those restrictions lifted,” she said.
“We’ve only got two more days to go, so fingers crossed that all will be very, very good for Friday morning.
Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said police had handed out 25 masks in the past 24 hours.
“A person was asked to wear a mask, refused — refused to comply with police directions, refused to provide details and then resisted arrest and has been charged,” he said.
“So that person was issued with a notice to appear.
“They are isolated incidents, I’m happy to say, but it is a reminder as the minister has just said, that this is not yet finished and restrictions remain in place.”
There are now 26 active cases in Queensland and 6,699 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.