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24 March, 2020

Cairns and Tablelands now has six cases of COVID-19

It's Queensland's worst day since the outbreak of coronavirus.

By Phil Brandel

In Queensland's worst day since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), there were 78 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) today raising the state total to 397.

Cairns and the Tablelands have 6 confirmed cases to date. There are also patients currently in Cairns hospital awaiting test results and that number is expected to jump.

14 of these confirmed cases in Queensland are from people from overseas.

Contact tracing is underway for the 78 new cases. Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are required.

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

Queensland Health is urging anyone who has been overseas in the last 14 days and has a fever or any respiratory symptoms to see a doctor immediately. Please call ahead to the GP surgery and let them know your symptoms and travel history, this will help them prepare for your arrival.

The most up-to-date reliable information is available on the Queensland Health website at

Further updates are due tomorrow morning.

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