Two new cases of COVID-19 recorded

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 recorded overnight with both cases already in quarantine.

One is linked to the Ipswich Hospital cluster and the other to the Detention Centre cluster.

There are a total of 28 cases currently active in Queensland.

In the past 24 hours 9216 tests were conducted.

Health Minister Steven Miles said one was the seventh member of a household, all of whom have now had COVID-19.

“The second one is a community contact of a known case,” Minister Miles said.

“I want to make a special mention of Richard who is our COVID patient who has been in hospital the longest.

“He spent 77 days in Intensive Care and next week will move into a rehabilitation bed where he will be taken care of.

“He is 81 years-old and came off the Ruby Princess and has had COVID since March and he knows better than anyone just how awful this disease can be and how great our hospital services are at saving lives from COVID but also how long it can take to recover.”

Queensland Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett said we can’t get complacent about the pandemic.

“The older community is particularly vulnerable to severe disease,” Dr Bennett said.

“We need to continue to monitor, both do our job in health and ask the community to do their role as well.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk referred to recent high profile cases of people who are unable to attend funerals of see ill loved ones due to restrictions.

“We’re dealing with a health pandemic,” she said.

“It is absolutely tragic. It is heartbreaking. Families are not together at the moment.”

The Premier also said it was the Chief Health Officer’s decision if exemptions were granted under the Act.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, fatigue or loss of taste or smell.

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