PNG man dies of COVID-19 in Qld hospital

Original article by Stuart Layt, Lydia Lynch
Brisbane Times – Page: Online : 7-Apr-21

Queensland Health has advised that a 77-year-old man has died of COVID-19 complications in intensive care at a hospital near Brisbane. The man had been flown from Papua New Guinea to Redcliffe Hospital on 28 March after his condition deteriorated. It is the first COVID-19 death in Queensland since early April 2020; however, the man will not be included in the state’s official death toll as he had been diagnosed in PNG, and he had dual citizenship of PNG and the UK. Queensland has recorded no new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, and there are 70 active cases in the state.


Thousand in isolation as Qld cluster grows

Original article by Charlie Peel
The Australian – Page: 7 : 1-Apr-21

Queensland has recorded two new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours; both are linked to Brisbane’s second cluster, which has increased to 11. The new cases are a nurse at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital and her housemate. The nurse is one of two healthcare workers who have contracted the virus from an international traveller who had arrived in Brisbane from India. One new COVID-19 case has also been reported in hotel quarantine in Queensland. The state government will make a decision on whether to end Greater Brisbane’s three-day lockdown at 9am on 1 April. At present the lockdown is scheduled to end at 5pm.


Lockdown unlikely as Queensland’s Covid cluster grows

Original article by Mackenzie Scott
The Australian – Page: 7 : 29-Mar-21

Queensland has recorded one new locally-acquired COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, but health authorities say the man has already recovered and is no longer infectious. He is the brother of a 26-year-old Brisbane man who tested positive on 26 March; a friend of the landscape gardener has also tested positive. Meanwhile, there are two new cases in hotel quarantine, and a total of 71 active cases across the state. Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young is optimistic that Greater Brisbane will not have to be locked down ahead of the Easter long weekend, but says it is too soon to rule anything out. A total of seven new cases have been reported in hotel quarantine nationwide in the last 24 hours.


Mining camps for overseas travellers

Original article by Michael McKenna
The Australian – Page: 5 : 15-Jan-21

The Queensland government has confirmed a proposal to house returning international travellers in remote mining camps due to growing concern about the high-contagious UK variant of COVID-19. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says this is a "rational option" given that the new variant is up to 70 per cent more infectious than the original strain. Palaszczuk intends to put the proposal to the upcoming meeting of the national cabinet on 22 January. Queensland has recorded four new cases of COVID-19 among people in hotel quarantine, and there are 27 active cases statewide.


Qld ready to impose short lockdowns

Original article by Tom Burton
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 12-Jan-21

The Queensland government’s three-day lockdown of Greater Brisbane ended at 6pm on 11 January, after the state recorded a third consecutive day with no new cases of community transmission of COVID-19. However, four new cases in hotel quarantine have been confirmed; the partner of a quarantine hotel cleaner who contracted the highly-contagious UK variant has also been diagnosed with this strain of COVID-19. The government will maintain some coronavirus restrictions across Brisbane until at least 22 January, while Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has not ruled out further snap lockdowns if they are deemed necessary.


Qld govt refuses to reveal whether harsh restrictions will be lifted

Original article by Hayden Johnson
The Courier-Mail – Page: 4 & 5 : 11-Jan-21

The three-day lockdown of Greater Brisbane is slated to end at 6pm on 11 January, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has not yet committed to lifting the restrictions. The snap lockdown was imposed after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel tested positive for the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19; two returned travellers in quarantine at the hotel have also been diagnosed with the mutated variant of the coronavirus. Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says the latest COVID-19 numbers will determine the government’s next move. Queensland has recorded two consecutive days with no new cases.