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New symptoms added to COVID-19 symptoms list

Two additional symptoms have been added to the COVID-19 symptoms list – diarrhoea and vomiting or nausea.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, Queensland Health is advising to come forward, get tested for COVID-19 and then stay at home until the results have been communicated.

The full list of symptoms include: Fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting or nausea, loss of smell and/or taste.

Other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, and loss of appetite.

Testing is still an important tool in the fight against coronavirus as it assists Queensland Health to be able to find cases in the community as quickly as possible.

West Moreton Health also want to remind residents to stay 1.5m apart from other people in public and practise good hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes, and to wash hands thoroughly and regularly.

For West Moreton COVID testing clinic details click here.

Ipswich has not had a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 since 16 September.

As of Tuesday, there are eight active cases of COVID-19 in Queensland, in quarantine.

Health Minister Steven Miles said on Tuesday it has been 56 days since the last locally acquired case in Queensland and 61 days since they were infectious in the community.

“So far 44,847 people have been in hotel quarantine,” Minister Miles said.

“We now have one of the world’s biggest stockpiles of protective equipment.

“We have 202 days of gloves and 417 days of Surgical Masks and 204 days of P2/N95 Masks.

“We were one of the first places to have testing and we have now done 1.271 million tests.

“We’ve had over 514,420 people present to one of our fever clinics and we’ve taken 488,001 calls at 13 HEALTH.”

There are also important changes to the border pass system.

Since Tuesday, an improved border pass system was put place to streamline processing at border checkpoints.

The online application process was updated to remove confusion around pass types by auto-selecting passes based on the information provided.

While the world waits and hopes for a vaccine, an Australian biotech company has started producing 30 million doses of the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca AZD1222 COVID-19 vaccine candidate in Victoria on Monday.

The first doses are planned for release in the first half of 2021, pending the outcome of clinical trials and regulatory approval.

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