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Third coronavirus death recorded in Qld


A man has died in hospital after contracting coronavirus in Queensland, bringing the state's death toll to three.

The 85-year-old Darling Downs man died overnight in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, taking the national death toll to 23.

A total of four Queenslanders have now died, including one who died in Sydney after being infected while onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that docked there.

Queensland authorities confirmed on Thursday that another 57 people have been infected with the virus, taking the state's total to 835.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is ramping up Queensland's coronavirus crackdown as people continue to ignore the ban on non-essential travel.

Hundreds of people are still trying to get into Queensland despite the state shutting down its border with NSW.

From Friday, anyone who does not have a state government permit proving they have a legitimate reason for cross-border travel will be denied entry.

Freight trucks are exempt, along with travel for work and medical reasons.

"We are still getting hundreds of people coming across our border," she has told Seven Network, before warning: "No permit, no pass come Friday."

Ms Palaszczuk said all Australians must prepare for a long period living under severe restrictions, including not leaving home unless it's really necessary.

"The minimum I'm hearing is six months. If we flatten that curve, we are not going to reach the peaks until well into the middle of this year," she said.

The premier is also threatening to shut down Queensland's beaches with people continuing to ignore social distancing.

"If people aren't complying with social distancing, we are going to have to crackdown So final warning everyone."

A charter plane carrying 222 Australians and 28 New Zealanders who were stranded in Nepal is due to land in Brisbane on Thursday.

The group will be forced into 14 days of quarantine under strict measures to stop the importation of new cases of coronavirus.

Nepal is now in lockdown and governments around the world have been working to get their citizens out amid fears the small country's health system will not cope.

Back home, Queenslanders have been urged to join a "care army" to help older people get through the crisis.

Under the scheme, government officials are matching older people confined to home with volunteers who'll help them with tasks such as food shopping and pharmacy supplies.

"If we can keep our seniors safe, we can prevent them from ending up in hospital or in ICU and potentially save lives," the Queensland premier said.

© AAP 2020

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