Covid update, Wednesday 31 March…

By Jeremy Sollars

The Darling Downs division of Queensland Health says there are no active cases of Covid-19 within the Southern Downs Regional Council area as of today, Wednesday 31 March.

There is one active case in the Darling Downs region but Queensland Health has not identified the specific location where the person resides.

Queenslanders could be facing a lockdown extension over the Easter period but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today a decision on extending the current three-day lockdown – due to end tomorrow, Thursday – would be announced at 9am tomorrow.

Queensland recorded three new cases of Covid-19 overnight, including two that were locally-acquired and connected to a ‘cluster’ originating with Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital. There are currently 78 active Covid-19 cases in Queensland.

Ms Palaszczuk today described the overnight number as “an encouraging result”.

She said the number of people tested and no unlinked community transfer would be the key.

“Fingers crossed we’ll be looking good for Easter,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“If we see good testing rates and no unlinked community transmission, it is all looking good.

“If it’s encouraging news tomorrow, we will be lifting the hotspot (Greater Brisbane) tomorrow (Thursday).”

MASK REQUIREMENTS…

Mask requirements across Queensland remain in effect until at least 5pm tomorrow, Thursday 1 April.

Queensland Health advises you must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, such as:

• shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets

• hospitals and aged care facilities

• hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafés (not required for patrons while seated; customer facing staff only)

• churches and places of worship

• libraries

• indoor recreational facilities and gyms (except if doing strenuous exercise)

• indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance)

• public transport, taxis and rideshare, including waiting areas and queues for this transport

• airports and travelling on planes.

It is strongly recommended you wear a mask outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares.

Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so.

You can remove your masks to consume food or drink.

For the most up to date information about mask requirements visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/…/curr…/urgent-covid-19-update…