Queensland Minister for Health Steven Miles warns the state to comply with social distancing. Photo: Jono Searle
Queensland Minister for Health Steven Miles warns the state to comply with social distancing. Photo: Jono Searle

‘This virus can kill’: Blunt message after Noosa gathering

NOOSA'S confirmed coronavirus cases have forced a blunt health message on just how important social distancing is.

With 24 people, including four staff, having tested positive to COVID-19 at Sails Restaurant, State Minister for Health Steven Miles has pleaded with all Queenslanders to comply with these strict rules to help stop the virus spreading.

"The spread of the virus from the restaurant at Noosa that we learnt about yesterday, underlines just how easily this can spread if we have group together and especially if we have group from different parts of the state travelling to be together," Mr Miles said.

"That's why that limit on gatherings is just so crucial."

Last night Queensland recorded its second death, a 68-year-old man from Toowoomba. This was the first death in Queensland but the second Queenslander to die.

"It should serve as a reminder to us all that this virus can kill," Mr Miles said.

"That's why we are taking this it all so seriously.

"It could kill somebody you know. They could catch it, they could have caught it from you, that is why it is so important, so important that absolutely everybody complies with the social distancing measures that we have put in place.

"They will only work if we all do it, they will only work if we all do it together.

"We need every single Queenslander to comply with these rules."

So far in Queensland 40,946 have been tested for COVID-19.

A public alert remains in place for patrons who visited Sails Restaurant between March 18 and 19.


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