New COVID-19 case in Townsville

A new coronavirus case has been confirmed in Townsville, as Queensland implements stricter border restrictions to stop more people trying to enter the state.

Queensland recorded 33 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, raising the state total to 689. Seven people are in intensive care, five of them ventilated.



There are now 17 cases in the Townsville Hospital and Health Service region, with three cases confirmed over the weekend, one of which reported in Charters Towers - believed to be one of the first outside of Townsville.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the tough new restrictions would come into effect on Friday.



"So I'm sending a message to NSW and Victoria, yes, we love you, we love you to visit Queensland, not now," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"We are still seeing a lot of people coming across our borders and it's got to stop.

"Come back when we right through this and we will share the love around but we really need everyone to only come across the border if you have a permit."

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said officers were ready to enforce rules which banned house parties and the use of playgrounds.

"Where we have had some issues in the past two weeks is on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of March, police attended 600 noisy parties," she said.

"What that means for us obviously is an extraordinary amount of resources that have been diverted to looking after complaints and noisy parties and not where we should be concentrating our efforts.

People flouting those rules faced $1300 fines.

Ms Palaszczuk said the measures would be in place for a month.

"Let's see if we can flatten that curve," she said.

"We've seen a lot of people out and about, all over gym equipment, in playgrounds, a lot of different families coming together, using the equipment. We can't do this."

A 75-year-old woman who was a passenger on the Ruby Princess cruise ship that docked in Sydney, became the second person to die in Queensland on Sunday. The woman died in Caboolture hospital.

Eighteen Australians have died from COVID-19.


Originally published as New COVID-19 case in Townsville