Far North COVID-19 tally rises as ship cases added
THREE new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Queensland as restrictions ease across the state, with two of the patients being treated at Cairns Hospital.
Two people from a bauxite ore ship were flown from Weipa to Cairns Hospital on Friday for treatment after they tested positive to coronavirus.
The pair began exhibiting virus symptoms on Wednesday while undergoing a mandatory 14-day offshore quarantine.
Weipa Hospital flew two nurses to the ship, anchored 40km offshore, to conduct COVID tests, which later returned positive.
Cairns and Hinterland Hospital Service said in a statement the two seamen would remain in isolation at the Cairns Hospital.
"They are being monitored daily by Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service's public health team, and will undergo further COVID-19 testing on-board the vessel," the statement read.
"We are well prepared to manage any potential further cases of COVID-19."
All other crew members on-board the vessel have been tested and returned negative results.
The third new Queensland case is an overseas arrival in quarantine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement on social media on Saturday morning.
"Sadly, six Queenslanders with COVID-19 have died … 1,141 patients have recovered," she said.
There are currently seven active COVID cases across Queensland.
Restrictions have eased in the Greater Brisbane region, which means Queenslanders across the state can have house gatherings of up to 30 people.
Aged care facilities, disability accommodation services and hospitals are also open to visitors again.
From October 1, allowable stadium capacity will increase from 50 to 75 per cent and outdoor eating and drinking venues will be permitted one patron for every two square metres, instead of one per four square metres.
End-of-year school and sports events will be able to increase from 500 to 1000 people outdoors, with a COVIDsafe checklist.
Originally published as Far North COVID-19 tally rises as ship cases added