Australia's coronavirus toll rises to nine with Queensland death

Henrietta Strickland
March 27, 2020

Contact tracing is underway for each of those new cases, but Queensland Health have so far not been able to confirm how numerous Coast's 52 cases either originated in or are connected to the Gympie region.

THERE has been another case of COVID-19 confirmed in the Central Queensland Health and Hospital system today, making it five for the region as 46 new cases were confirmed statewide.

Queensland Health says the majority of cases are from patients who have travelled overseas, or have had direct contact with a confirmed case who had travelled overseas.

Earlier today, local representative called to have Central Queensland locked down to non-essential travellers from the southeast.

Her companion later tested positive.

"Contact tracing is underway for the 50 new cases", a spokesman from Queensland Health said.

The spokesperson said widespread public screening was not necessary and Queensland Health wanted to ensure they are triaging correctly by not testing people who are likely to have other viruses, such as influenza or the common cold.

It is understood the cases are people who were part of the same travelling group that recently returned from overseas and flew into Rockhampton.

The premier also asked the public to avoid all social gatherings and continue taking advice seriously as the situation continues.

"Critically, make sure you are practising good hygiene and staying home if you're sick".

Queensland Health is urging anyone who has been overseas in the past 14 days and has a fever or any respiratory symptoms to see a doctor immediately.

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