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Queenslanders to return to workplaces soon as virus recovery continues

“If it’s not working for you or it’s not working for your employer then it’s time to think about going back to work, but wherever possible, maintaining that social distancing.”

Dr Young said authorities still wanted to avoid any large crushes of people around peak times, and businesses should consider keeping more flexible hours.

“If too many people are going back to work at the same time, maybe start to think about staggered starts and finishes for work,” she said.

“We’ve seen that we’ve managed the case numbers so well in Queensland, we just have to be a little bit cautious as we go forward and be sensible about that.”

Dr Young and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk are currently working on a road map to recovery for the state.

Ms Palaszczuk said she would hold discussions with cafe, restaurant and tourism operators on Thursday regarding the coronavirus recovery plan for their industries.

“A lot of work continues behind the scenes for making sure we have our road map in place for the recovery for the future. So, of course, that is front and centre,” she said.

“We need to get people back to work, we need to get people back into jobs, and we will be absolutely focused on jobs right across Queensland and getting people back into work over the coming weeks and months.”

However, nightclubs will not be included in recovery discussions for now.

“Let me make it very clear, nightclubs are much further down the track, but we’re talking to the clubs association as well,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Since January, 1043 people have been infected in Queensland. Of those, 985 have recovered.

There are currently 52 active cases of the virus, nine of whom are in hospital, four in intensive care.


After a dip in the number of coronavirus tests over the weekend, believed to be due to the overall lower number of colds and flus due to social-distancing measures, the government put out a fresh call for anyone with symptoms to get tested.

That has seen a rebound in the state’s testing numbers to 2457 in the 24 hours to Wednesday, which Health Minister Steven Miles said was “getting closer to the kinds of testing levels we would like to see”.

In the past nine days, the state has seen 11 new cases, but four days of zero new cases.

In total, more than 76 per cent of the state’s 1043 COVID-19 patients contracted the virus due to overseas travel.

Of the state’s six deaths from coronavirus, five are associated with cruise ship clusters, while the remaining case caught the virus from a family member who had travelled home from overseas.

-with Lydia Lynch and Toby Crockford

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