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No new COVID-19 cases in Qld, despite ‘mysterious’ wastewater test results


“We have a small number of positive results – some that we would expect, and some that are a bit mysterious,” Mr Miles said.

“We have positive results in North Rockhampton; we also have positive results in Cannonvale [near Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays region].

“In North Rockhampton, they’ve stood up their fever clinic for additional hours, and we want to increase their testing rate over the next few days, just to see if we can get to the bottom of that.”

Mr Miles also sent his best wishes to US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, after it was confirmed on Friday that they both had coronavirus.

In a concerning development in his battle with the virus, the US President was transferred from the White House to a nearby hospital on Saturday and was expected to stay there for several days.

“Of course, we were reminded that this pandemic is far from over yesterday, with possibly the highest-profile case yet of this disease,” Mr Miles said in relation to Mr Trump and the First Lady.

“It underlines how nobody is immune from this virus. Even those standard bearers who will have the argument that you should put the economy ahead of lives.

“Even they can be afflicted with this disease, so it underlines how we first – before we can focus on getting people back to work and businesses open – you have to get the health response right.”

On Friday, Queenslanders were once again allowed to enjoy the simple pleasure of eating and drinking while standing at inside and outdoor venues, which was back on the table as of 4pm.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced on Friday that Queensland would reopen its border to all of NSW on November 1, provided NSW goes 28 days without any mystery COVID-19 cases.

However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian poured cold water on Queensland’s announcement that the NSW border would open by November, saying it was no better than the existing policy.

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