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Updated Saturday, April 11 at 3.40pm

Queensland coronavirus stats update

Queensland has 9 new confirmed cases of coronavirus raising the state total to 974.

HHS* Active cases Recovered cases Deaths Total confirmed
cases to date
Cairns and Hinterland 11 21 0 32
Central Queensland 7 1 0 8
Central West 0 0 0 0
Darling Downs 22 19 2 43
Gold Coast 108 73 0 181
Mackay 8 5 0 13
Metro North 218 75 2 295
Metro South 147 85 0 232
North West 0 0 0 0
South West 0 0 0 0
Sunshine Coast 26 60 1 87
Torres and Cape 0 0 0 0
Townsville 12 11 0 23
West Moreton 23 14 0 37
Wide Bay 19 4 0 23
Overseas 0 0 0 0
Total 602 368 5 974**

* HHS level case data may include a patient’s residential address, Public Health Unit managing or location where test was ordered.

**Changes may occur in the number of notifications reported from day to day. This is due to ongoing maintenance and update of notification details as new information becomes available, or where discrepancies are detected through data quality assurance activities.

Contact tracing is underway for the nine new cases. Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are required.

One of the confirmed Queensland cases is a staff member from an Ipswich pharmacy at Riverlink Shopping Centre. Nine fellow staff members are now in quarantine.

Contact tracing  is complete and the positive case had limited interactions. Hygiene practices and social distancing means customers who visited the pharmacy are considered at low risk.

Additional restrictions come into effect at midnight tonight for Queenslanders returning from Sydney and the Central Coast of NSW.

Under powers granted by the Public Health Act 2005, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has published a list of hotspots on the Queensland Health website: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19

Queenslanders returning from hotspots will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

These published hotspots may be expanded or amended in the coming days.

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

The number of confirmed cases we see each day is expected to vary as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 situation across the state.

We want everyone to know they can play their part to protect themselves and the more vulnerable in our community. Please follow the recommended advice from us and our federal counterparts in regards to social distancing, public gatherings and general wellbeing.

Critically, make sure you are practicing good hygiene and staying home, especially if you’re sick. Washing your hands properly and often is the gold standard of health advice that can help prevent viruses from entering your body.

A person is eligible for testing if they have a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, and, in the last 14 days:

  • they were a close contact or a household contact of a confirmed case
  • they had been overseas, including on a cruise.

Testing is also possible for people who have a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, and:

  • work in vulnerable settings such as healthcare, aged or residential care, military, correction facilities, detention centres and boarding schools
  • live in:
    • Brisbane (residents within the Metro North and Metro South Hospital and Health Service boundaries)
    • Gold Coast or
    • Cairns (the area bounded by and including Palm Cove to the north, Mareeba to the west, and Gordonvale to the south)
  • live in a First Nations community.

Queensland Health is urging anyone who meets this criteria for testing, to contact a doctor immediately.

Before your appointment, please call ahead and advise of your symptoms and recent travel they can prepare for your visit.

While Easter is usually a time for public celebrations, gathering with family and friends, or for travelling, this year is different.

And it’s important we do Easter differently. This Easter needs to be spent in your home to protect your family and vulnerable Queenslanders.

We have all worked really hard to slow the spread, and that progress could be completely undone if we go out this Easter. We’ve seen this overseas, where festivals or public celebrations were the start of an outbreak that got out of control very quickly.

We can’t have that happen here.

We want to thank Queenslanders for adjusting to change, and for your patience and kindness during these tough times. We will get through this together.

The most up-to-date reliable information is available on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

Updated Saturday, April 11 at 8.40am

New restrictions to tighten Queensland borders

Further restrictions are being put in place to tighten existing state border controls to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

From midnight on Good Friday (April 10) all Queenslanders returning home from interstate will require a new Queensland Entry Pass. All existing green entry and vehicle passes are void at 12.01am on Saturday, April 11.

Passes will be individually issued, and an application will be required for each person entering the State, including children. Online applications can be made at www.qld.gov.au/border-pass.

An exempt resident who arrives in Queensland must self-quarantine for fourteen days if they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot area unless their travel was for an essential purpose.

There is no change for interstate freight transport services which will remain exempt.

The intent of the restrictions is to minimise social contact and non-essential travel to protect the health and safety of everyone in the community.


Updated Friday, April 10 at 8.30pm

Today the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases went from 14 to 16 in Byron Shire and went up one to 14 in Coffs Harbour.

Tweed Shire closes beach carparks

Beachside carparks have been closed in Tweed Shire until  April 27. The decision was made at an extraordinary ‘virtual’ meeting of Tweed Shire Council last night.

NSW Superintendent Dave Roptell has now advised Queenslanders that driving to Tweed for a surf is not considered a reasonable excuse as exercise and they could face fine of $11,000,’ Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne told Echonetdaily.

Council has no authority to close the beach, only the carparks.  As with the Border, beaches are under state government authority.

With the Gold Coast Council closing all their beach carparks and their main tourist beaches, including Coolangatta beaches, Council felt we had no choice or we would be swamped from all sides,’ she said.

We were already being inundated with complaints about the high numbers of Queenslanders at some of our main beaches and supermarkets.  The thought of the whole Gold Coast and Byron coming to Tweed beaches over Easter was untenable.

Updated Friday, April 10 at 11am

There were 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases in residents in the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) as of 8pm, Wednesday, 8 April.

‘As more information is gathered each day due to ongoing surveillance of existing cases, the counts reported on a particular day may vary,’ said Wayne Jones, Chief Executive NNSWLHD.

‘Of the NNSWLHD cases, there are currently 2 patients with COVID-19 being cared for in our hospitals, one of these in ICU.’

NSW COVID-19 case statistics by Local Government Area

Tweed: 14

Byron: 14

Coffs Harbour 13

Lismore: 5

Richmond Valley: 1–4

Ballina: 1–4

Tests available for Byron Shire residents

Testing for COVID-19 has now been extended to all Byron Shire residents with symptoms. This follows the recent opening of a COVID-19 testing clinic at the Byron Hospital last week for backpackers and travellers.

‘We have expanded the testing criteria for backpackers and residents in Byron Bay, as an area that may be at elevated risk of community transmission,’ said Mr Jones.

‘We are now extending this expanded testing to any residents of the Byron Local Government Area (LGA). This measure acknowledges the transient nature of the population, and the significant proportion of people who travel to Byron Bay for work but live outside the town centre. By extending this testing we will increase our likelihood of picking up any cases of community transmission in the area.’

If you have a fever or acute respiratory infection such as a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat and are a resident within the Byron LGA you are being encouraged to be tested for COVID-19.

‘We encourage anyone who can’t get in to see their GP over the weekend to present to the clinic for testing,’ said Mr Jones.

Updated Tuesday, April 7 at 6.55am

COVID-19 tables

Age and sex breakdown of confirmed cases reported in NSW

Table: Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by age group and gender in NSW, reported up to 8pm, 5 April 2020

Age group Female Male Total
0-9 10 13 23
10-19 44 39 83
20-29 318 256 574
30-39 218 212 430
40-49 139 191 330
50-59 204 199 403
60-69 212 198 410
70-79 131 148 279
80-89 36 47 83
90-100 10 12 22
Total 1322 1315 2637

Likely source of infection of confirmed cases reported in NSW

Table: Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by likely source of infection in NSW, reported up to 8pm 4 April 2020

Source Cases
Overseas acquired 1605
Locally acquired – contac​t of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 595
Locally acquired – contact not identified 397
Under investigation 40
Total 2637

Note: Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.

Number of confirmed cases, tests, percent positivity, and rates of cases and tests per 100,000 residents of each Local Health District (LHD) in NSW, reported up to 8pm. 4 April 2020




Percent positive

Cases per 100,000 resid​ents

Tests per 100,000 residents

South Eastern Sydney






Northern Sydney






Central Coast












Nepean Blue Mountains






Hunter New England






Illawarra Shoalhaven






Southern NSW






Western Sydney






Mid North Coast






South Western Sydney






Northern NSW












Western NSW






Far West






NSW Total







  • LHD counts and rates do not include results for those who did not provide a full or valid address, or who supplied an interstate or international address.
  • Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.

Updated Monday, April 6 at 11.30am

Students move to online learning

The NSW Government has taken significant new steps to increase restrictions across the state – triggering the next level of enforcement necessary to fight COVID-19. 

Following the decisions made by National Cabinet, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the shutdown to protect NSW citizens. 

‘I understand many in the community are worried, and these changes will affect everyday lives, and may be upsetting, said Ms Berejiklian said. ‘But these decisions will make us all safer, they are taken with the health of all citizens in mind, and they must be taken now. 

‘If you have the capacity to work from home, you should do so.’ 

Ms Berejiklian said that, as confirmed by the Prime Minister schools will remain open, based on health advice, which has not changed. ‘But in NSW, for practical reasons, parents are encouraged to keep their children at home. 

‘Because nearly 30 per cent of children are already being kept out of school, for practical reasons NSW is encouraging parents to keep their children at home.

‘This will ensure there is only one unit of work, whether the student is at home or at school. ‘No child will be turned away from school.’

Updated Monday, April 6 at 9.30am

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) statistics from NSW Health

Number of confirmed cases, tests, per cent positivity, and rates of cases and tests per 100,000 residents of each LHD in NSW, reported up to 8pm 4 April 2020

LHD Cases Tests Per cent positive Cases per 100,000 residents Tests per 100,000 residents
South Eastern Sydney 580 18068 3.21 60.47 1883.85
Northern Sydney 468 18492 2.53 48.96 1934.48
Central Coast 112 4814 2.33 31.74 1364.27
Sydney 204 10696 1.91 29.28 1535.08
Nepean Blue Mountains 106 62​60 1.69 27.11 1601.07
Illawarra Shoalhaven 108 5745 1.88 25.74 1369.12
Hunter New England 245 11968 2.05 25.72 1256.64
Southern NSW 53 2113 2.51 24.42 973.41
Western Sydney 243 14373 1.69 23.07 1364.39
Mid North Coast 48 2805 1.71 21.27 1242.99
South Western Sydney 185 13262 1.39 17.81 1276.99
Northern NSW 47 2654 1.77 15.14 855.13
Western NSW 43 2562 1.68 15.09 898.91
Murrumbidgee 42 1947 2.16 14.09 653.12
Far West 2 234 0.85 6.63 776.27
NSW Total 2580 121443 ​2.12 31.52 1483.55

As at Saturday, 4 April 2020, an additional 87 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed, since 8pm 3 April, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NSW to 2,580.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 2,580

Cases tested and excluded 118,863

There are 279 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health, including 39 cases in our Intensive Care Units and, of those, 23 require ventilators at this stage. More than 50 per cent of the remainder of cases being treated by NSW Health are through Hospital in the Home services. There have been 16 deaths.

The rate for which COVID-19 cases increase on average each day has fallen over the past fortnight from just over 25 percent to around 4 percent. However, it is too soon to tell whether this trend will be sustained.

Sadly, NSW Health confirms the death of four people from COVID-19, bringing the total to 16 deaths. NSW Health passes on our condolences to the families of these people.

A 91-year-old male who was confirmed to have COVID-19 has sadly passed away in Port Macquarie Base Hospital. He was a passenger on the Ruby Princess.

An 80 year old male who was confirmed to have COVID-19 has sadly passed away in Westmead Hospital. He was a passenger on the Ruby Princess.

A 76-year-old male who was confirmed to have COVID-19 has sadly passed away in Westmead Hospital. He was a passenger on the Ruby Princess.

A 61-year-old male who was confirmed to have COVID-19 has sadly passed away at Hornsby Hospital.

Ovation of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and the Celebrity Solstice left NSW on midnight Saturday 4 April.

Bankstown Senior (Adult) High School has one confirmed case, in a student. Contact tracing is underway.

NSW Health is alerting passengers who were close contacts on flights to monitor for symptoms, and contact their GP, but call ahead first, or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or visit a NSW Health COVID-19/Flu assessment clinic should they become unwell.

A full list of flight details can be found at Known flights with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Everyone can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practising social distancing, thorough hand washing, cough etiquette and staying home if they’re unwell. Learn how to protect yourself and others.


Confirmed cases to date

By sex and age group

Age group Female Male Total
0-9 10 13 23
10-19 44 38 82
20-29 314 251 565
30-39 213 208 421
40-49​ 135 188 323
50-59 200 197 397
60-69 207 194 401
70-79 123 143 266
80-89 35 45 80
90-100 10 12 22
Total 1,291 1,289 2,580

*Note: Excludes cases notified without a date of birth and/or gender.

By likely source of infection

Source Cases
Overseas acquired 1,566
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 578
Locally acquired – contact not identified 380
Under investigation 56
Total 2,580


Updated April 6, 9am

Police say ‘STAY PUT’ for Easter

Holidays and travel are not essential

With the Easter holidays coming up, the New South Police have advised that they will not tolerate travellers visiting holidays destinations as tourists.

They say they understand everyone’s frustrations at this time, with many restrictions limiting what individuals, families and businesses can do right now.

The current orders as outlined by the NSW Premier and the NSW Health Minister state that a person must have a reasonable excuse to leave their home at this time.

These rules are in place to protect millions of people across the state.

This is not a drill – Public Health Act charges and Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs)

The police aren’t mucking around. People are being charged in regards to not adhering to new isolation and social distancing rules.


– About 9am on Sunday 4, lifeguards at Bondi Beach approached police for assistance with a man who had ignored the council’s ‘beach closed’ signs. Officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command spoke with a 21-year-old man and cautioned him for failing to comply with terms of notice erected by council. After the man allegedly refused to follow move-on directions, he was arrested, during which, he allegedly coughed at an officer, claiming to have COVID-19. He was taken to Waverley Police Station and charged with fail to comply with terms of notice erected by council, fail or refuse to comply with requirement of police officer, resist officer in execution of duty and intimidate police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm. He was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court tomorrow (Monday 6 April 2020). It has since been confirmed that the man does not have COVID-19.

– A 59-year-old man has been charged with trespassing and breaching the Public Health Act after officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command were called to a Dee Why hotel about 8.30pm on Saturday 4 April. The same man has already been issued with two PINs (Thursday 2 and Friday 3 April 2020) for similar breaches. He’s due to appear in Manly Local Court on Wednesday 3 June 2020.

– A man has been charged over allegedly breaching an Apprehensive Violence Order and not complying with the Public Health Act. Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were called to a home in East Maitland about 9.30am on Saturday 4 April, responding to reports a woman was being assaulted. They arrested a 26-year-old man at the scene and took him to Maitland Police Station, where he was charged with contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO, possess prohibited drug, and not comply with direction under section 7. He’s been refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court today (Sunday 5 April 2020).

– A 37-year-old man claiming to have COVID-19 virus will appear in Nowra court today after allegedly assaulting and spitting at officers. Officers from South Coast Police District were attempting to arrest the man about 8.30am on Saturday 4 April, when he allegedly punched an officer in the face. It’s alleged the man spat in the face of the injured senior constable, while claiming to have the COVID-19 virus. He’s been charged with assault police causing actual bodily harm, assault police, and intimidate police.


A total of 18 new Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) have been issued in relation to alleged breaches of the Public Health Act:

– About 2.30pm on Friday 3 April 2020, officers from Murrumbidgee Police District were called to Benerembah Lane, Griffith, following reports of an intoxicated person. A 55-year-old man was spoken to and moved on from the area. At 4pm the same day, officers returned after the man was seen again in that location and could not provide a legitimate reason for being there. Police were also made aware that he had been warned to obey social distancing regulations on Tuesday 31 March 2020. The man was issued a penalty infringement notice (PIN).

– About 5pm Friday 3 April 2020, police attached to New England Police District attended a licensed premise in Tenterfield Street, Deepwater. They spoke to a 27-year-old man, who was sitting with a group of patrons drinking. He was issued with a PIN as he had been spoken to by police the previous day about social-distancing and issued with a warning.

– A 37-year-old Newtown man has been issued with a PIN after officers from Inner West PAC spoke with him twice on Friday night about breaching the Public Health Act. Police spoke with the man on Federation Road about 8.30pm on Friday 3 April 2020, where he was warned about associating with four other adults. About two hours later, the same man was stopped on King Street, Newtown, and was then issued with a PIN.

– About 8.30pm Friday 3 April 2020, officers from Bankstown Police Area Command noticed a car double parked in Restwell Street, Bankstown. Officers pulled over the car and spoke to the 20-year-old female driver and her 21-year-old female passenger. The pair were unable to provide a valid reason for driving around. The passenger provided incorrect identification information to the police and become argumentative. She was issued with a PIN. The driver was issued with an official move on direction.

– Just after 10.30pm on Friday 3 April 2020, officers from Liverpool City Police Area Command were patrolling San Cristobal Drive, Green Valley, when they saw three men – one aged 36 and two 18-year-olds – not obeying social distancing regulations. The men were spoken to and could not provide a legitimate reason for being there. Two of the men had allegedly exited a vehicle believed to have been stolen. All three were issued PINs. Investigations regarding the vehicle are continuing.

– At 1.15am Saturday 4 April 2020, officers from Bankstown Police Area Command pulled over a car after it had allegedly accelerated away after seeing police on Edgar Street, Bankstown. The 30-year-old driver was spoken to by police about his reason for driving. He was unable to provide a valid reason and changed his version several times and continued to be argumentative with police. He was issued with a PIN.

– A passenger in a car being driven by a food delivery driver has been issued with a PIN by officers from Quakers Hill Police Area Command. Police stopped the vehicle about midday on Saturday 4 April and spoke with two people in the car. The driver was employed delivering food; however, police allege the 33-year-old woman from Toongabbie, who was the front-seat passenger, was only there because she said she was bored being at home.

– A 38-year-old woman has been issued with a PIN after she was found drinking with six people in Jonson Street, Byron Bay, just before 6pm on Saturday 4 April, in breach of the Public Health Act. Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District had issued a warning to the woman earlier in the day.

– Police investigating an alleged assault at a home in Goulburn last night have issued two men with PINs for breaching the Public Health Act. Officers from The Hume Police District were called to the home in Teece Place about 9.20pm on Saturday 4 April, after a 34-year-old man sustained a cut above his eye. He was treated at Goulburn Hospital and released. Police later issued him and his 24-year-old friend with a PIN; inquiries are continuing into the alleged assault.

– A man has been issued with a PIN after being stopped at the Sydney Opera House about 10.15pm on Saturday 4 April. Officers from Sydney City PAC had already issued the man last Wednesday (1 April 2020), with a warning about breaching the Public Health Act.

– Two people were given PINs and three people received cautions after gathering for a barbeque in the state’s north. On Saturday 4 April, about 11pm, officers attached to New England Police District responded to a noise complaint at a caravan park on Rouse Street, Tenterfield. Five people were in the bungalow; breaching ministerial orders related to the congregation of more than two people. A 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were identified as people who had previously received cautions for not complying with ministerial directions and were fined $1000. The three others were issued with cautions.

– Just after midnight on Saturday 4 April, officers from Sutherland Shire Police Area Command attended the Lilli Pilli Baths, in Lilli Pilli, following reports of a gathering of people not adhering to social distancing regulations. Police attended and spoke with four men – aged 22, 24, 19 and 19 – who were drinking and having a barbeque. Officers reminded them of their requirements under the Public Health Act and asked them to move on; however, the men became argumentative and refused to leave. All three men were issued infringement notices.

– At 10.20pm on Thursday 2 April 2020, police attached to Richmond Police District pulled over a car travelling on Ballina Road, Goonellabah. The 32-year-old man was subjected to a breath test, which returned a positive reading. He was arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station and submitted to a breath analysis returning a reading of 0.132. He was charged with mid-range PCA and was granted conditional bail to appear in Ballina Local Court on 23 June 2020. The man informed police that he had returned from Singapore on 22 March 2020 and was self-isolating: however, he had left the house and did not have a reasonable excuse.

For breaching the Public Health Act, he also received an infringement.

Bridging the Distance – Sharing Our COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences

The National Museum of Australia in Canberra has launched a digital initiative to provide a national platform to record shared experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of an integrated community outreach program in this difficult time.

Australians who wish to share their experiences, stories, reflections and images from the pandemic are invited to join the Museum’s Facebook group Bridging the Distance – Sharing Our COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences and to take part in a national conversation around an event that is unprecedented in our times and which is already a defining moment in the nation’s history.

The Museum will hold the content shared on this platform as a record of these times and look to develop an exhibition based on the stories it contains.

National Museum director, Dr Mathew Trinca, said that as a custodian of Australia’s social history and cultural heritage, the Museum is committed to recording the stories of this pandemic, which is redefining the way Australians, live, work, share and communicate.

‘In what is already a Defining Moment in both Australia’s and the world’s history, COVID-19 is challenging every aspect of our lives. The story of this coronavirus calamity is still unfolding but our memories and recollections of the pandemic will resound for many years to come,’ said Dr Trinca.

‘By playing our role now in recording the everyday experiences of Australians as they navigate this difficult and sometimes tragic terrain, we hope to both help bridge the isolation many of us are feeling right now and assist Australians to help make sense of this period when they look back on it in years to come,’ he said.

The Bridging the Distance Facebook group is part of a wider Museum initiative to take its collection into people’s homes while the Museum’s doors are closed due to the pandemic.

In coming weeks this will include transforming the major exhibition Endeavour Voyage – the Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians, into a digital experience which will look at both the view from the ship and the largely untold view from the shore – and invite Australians to experience these stories in parallel with the Endeavour’s passage up the nation’s east coast.

The Museum’s broader digital initiative #YourMuseum also includes online chats with curators, online gallery tours and video object profiles.

‘This digital initiative will make the Museum accessible to audiences across Australia and the world, with the delivery of content on the Museum’s website and across its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Weibo,’ sats Dr Trinca.

‘#YourMuseum is here to tell our nation’s stories in these uncertain times. Share your story with us and help us bridge the distance in these uncertain days’.

Updated April 6, 8am

Police statement regarding Ruby Princess berthing

The Ruby Princess will be berthing at the port of Port Kembla from today (Monday 6 April, 2020) to allow for safer access for medical assessments, treatment, or emergency extractions of her crew.

It is believed the vessel may remain in place for up to 10 days, but the crew will not disembark unless in an emergency and approved by the NSW Police Commissioner.

She will also be refuelling and restocking provisions, as required for her home journey.

The berthing will be conducted under strict health and biosecurity guidelines and will not pose a risk to employees at the port or the broader community.

While no further information is available at this time, if and when it does, it will be issued either as a media release or official statement.

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