13 April, 2020
COVID-19 Easter update
There are currently 6 active cases of COVID-19 in Cairns and the Hinterland, with 24 recovered cases.
Interim arrangements for school students to learn at home have been announced, while the number of new COVID-19 cases in Queensland grew by only 35 over the Easter period, including seven in today’s figures for a new total of 987.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said while the statistics have again been extremely encouraging, she wanted to give parents and children certainty about schooling for the first part of Term 2.
“Schools will be open for vulnerable children and the children of essential workers. But from next Monday, all other students will learn from home,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We are in extraordinary times and this will take place until Friday the 22nd of May, and then we will review it again.”
The Premier also said the COVID-19 case figures for Easter were very good.
“That is an extraordinary effort, in terms of only 35 positives over Easter,” she said.
“This is just the start, there’s a huge road to go, a long way to go and we need to keep this up.
“And we don’t want to just flatten that curve, I think we’re going to smash that curve.”
- New: 7 Total: 987 Deaths: 5 Recovered: 442 Active: 540 Tests: 73,170
Most cases are patients who went overseas or contacted a patient who went overseas. The Chief Health Officer has ordered more testing for community transmission.