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    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, April 09, 2020

    Queensland COVID-19 – Thursday, April 9

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, April 09, 2020

    Queensland COVID-19 – Thursday, April 9

    Queensland will be further protected – physically and financially - from coronavirus, with new travel rules for residents returning from interstate, and rental security for tenants and owners.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said residents will need a permit from midnight tomorrow (Friday) night to come back into Queensland, whether by road or air.

    As well, any Queenslander returning from a virus hotspot will have to quarantine for 14 days.

    “So, a very strong message today - Queenslanders, let’s do the right thing, stay in Queensland and stay in your suburb,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    The Premier said the latest statistics were again encouraging, with ten new cases for a total of 953, of whom 372 have recovered.

    “So let’s not put all of our good work at risk. You should not be travelling,” she said.

    • Meanwhile legislation will ensure residential and commercial rental protections.

    A national freeze on evictions will be implemented, there’s new criteria for rental grants, $400 million in land tax relief for property owners, and compulsory conciliation for disputes.

    An online rental hub covid19.qld.gov.au/the-hub has all of the information and resources to support discussions between property owners and renters.

    Also today:

    • An overall website has been launched: covid19.qld.gov.au
    • More National Park areas are closed, including swimming holes, trails and carparks.

    CASES

    • New: 10  Total: 953  Deaths: 5  Recovered: 372  Active: 576  Tests: 66,766

    Most cases are patients who went overseas or contacted a patient who went overseas. The Chief Health Officer has ordered more testing for community transmission.

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    HEALTH DIRECTIONS

    Media contact: Shane Doherty – 0439 624 473