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Qld sticks with tough coronavirus controls


Queensland's coronavirus infection rate has slowed, but tough restrictions remain in place amid fears any relaxation could cause a spike in cases.

The state recorded an extra nine cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the lowest rise in weeks with the state total now at 907.

Across the state, medical workers have carried out 56,000 tests for COVID-19 since the crisis began.

Five Queenslanders have died and 56 people remain in hospital. Eight are in intensive care wards, with six requiring ventilators.

A 78-year-old man died on Sunday at The Prince Charles Hospital after contracting the virus on the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was positive to see a small increase in numbers, but the fifth death was a reminder of the work that still needed to be done.

"It goes to show that all of the measures that we've been putting in place over the last weeks are having an impact, and we need to make sure that we continue," she said on Sunday.

"Out of that 907, 119 are linked to cruise ships. So, that goes to show the impact that the cruise ships that have come into Australia are having on Queensland totals."

Despite the fall in infections, Queensland will not be relaxing restrictions or reopening the border with NSW, the premier said.

"This is not going to end internationally, nationally or even by state until there is a vaccine," she said.

"Queenslanders are doing the right thing, we are seeing that number come down for the positive cases and that means the social distancing and stopping of mass movements and gathering is working.

"Any relaxation of measures may increase the number of cases as well."

Almost 500 people trying to cross the Queensland NSW state border have been turned away by police.

Officers have stopped 53,920 vehicles and directed 2330 people to self-quarantine.

Another 39 people have been fined for flouting the social distancing restrictions.

© AAP 2020

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