QLD Government sets first measures against COVID-19

By April Murphy

Queensland Government has deemed the COVID-19 a real threat and has started to implement strategies to assist in tackling the treatment of the Coronavirus in the state.

“The new measures would be rolled out if the spread of Coronavirus put a strain on the State’s current capacity,” says Palaszczuk.

The Queensland Government Health Department says the COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus affecting humans.

Some coronaviruses can cause an illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). 

The key features of the new measures to assist in treatment are as follows:

• Tripling emergency department capacity and doubling intensive care capacity across all hospitals

• Purchasing an additional 110 ventilators

• $25 million worth of medicines, gloves and masks brought forward

• Ensuring adequate staffing

• Additional capacity for fever clinics

“The hope is that none of these measures will be needed but Queensland needs to be prepared. Queensland is acknowledged as being among the best prepared for the outbreak of this virus,” says the Premier.

The decision to implement these strategies was made at the latest Public Health and Safety Cabinet Sub-committee meeting.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said that Queenslanders have done a terrific job so far in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Queenslanders have been incredibly cooperative in following quarantine directions and maintaining vigilance in their community. We also need the community to remain calm – you can rest assured we are working around the clock to manage this rapidly evolving issue,” says Dr Young

The Australian Government considers the following countries to be at higher risk for COVID-19: 

• Mainland China

• Iran

•Italy

• South Korea

Australian Government agencies and State and Territory Governments are taking matters seriously and are well prepared for the treatment and prevention of the deadly virus.

 Their evidence-based response includes: 

• Applying travel restrictions to reduce the number of travellers from mainland China, Iran and the Republic of Korea

• Applying a 14-day isolation period to people at risk of getting coronavirus

• Continuing to screen travellers who arrive in Australia

• Tracing coronavirus cases

• Continuing with border surveillance

• Providing information in English and Chinese based on the latest medical advice, including through Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, WeChat and Chinese newspapers

• Applying enhanced border measures at international air and seaports, including announcements and signs

Alerts, updates, advice and preventative measure advise can be found on the Queensland Government, Health Department website. Alerts are updated every day.