The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the time for partying has to stop, as a cluster of 17 people who attended a gathering at a Noosa restaurant were diagnosed with coronavirus.
“What I hope people can understand from events such as this, is that this is how coronavirus can spread – we’ve seen it from cruise ships and other events. Now is not the time to socialise. It’s the time to keep your distance.”
The premier said people should expect to see a step up in terms of measures in the future and that it is likely some areas of the state will be put into lockdown before others. She said the state has completed over 32,000 tests, making Queensland one of the highest testing states in the nation.
Palaszczuk announced she has appointed Minister Cameron Dick to focus on logistics and supply for the state.
“This will ensure our food will get to where it needs to,” she said.
Dick will also be focusing on manufacturing to help supply chains.
Further to the closures announced by the PM last night The premiers said the state would also be shutting down its camping grounds.
“There are 470 camping areas and they will be out of bounds from tomorrow.”
The premier said the state is now gearing up its hospitals to prepare for the crisis.
“Our hospitals are gearing up for the biggest health crisis we have ever experienced, she said.
“Can I do a shout out to our nurses, doctors and everyone who is on the frontline. This will be the likes of what we have never seen before.”
However, the premier assured the public if “we do what we are told we can stop the spread to save lives”.
“These images we see overseas, we are not immune to them – but all our measures are aimed at protecting the most vulnerable in the community. That means we give our frontline a chance to save lives. The less interaction you have the more important it is.”
The premier said she had received complaints about border closures but said she made no apologies for the border restrictions which come into place from midnight tonight.
“It’s about protecting people’s health. These are uncharted times…”