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Queensland records 46 further positive COVID-19 cases ahead of border closures

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The state’s health minister says most of the cases continue to be from Australians returning from overseas.

Queensland has recorded another 46 positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 443.

"We continue to believe that these cases are largely returning from overseas as we see many, many Australians are rushing to return to Australia," Health Minister Steven Miles said.

"Border restrictions do come into place at midnight tonight. After that point Australian citizens can no longer travel overseas and we are also restricting travel to domestic travellers from non-essential domestic travellers.

"The more we can restrict people moving ... the more we can restrict its spread."

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Authorities are preparing to close Queensland's border to outsiders from midnight on Wednesday and there are further bans to restrict the movements of residents.

Pubs, clubs, cinemas, sporting venues, gyms, places of worship, auctions and open houses, beauty therapy and tattooists, amusement parks, libraries, galleries, museums, swimming pools and play centres are closed.

Hairdressers and barbers are limited to 30-minute appointments while all dining out options can serve takeaway and home deliveries only.

Weddings are limited to five people and funerals to 10.

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Mr Miles also confirmed at least one individual who was present at a birthday celebration at the Sails restaurant at Noosa on March 14 had tested positive for the virus.

The Health Department said four staff that served patrons had tested positive.

The staff members worked at the restaurant on March 18 from 4:00pm - 11:00pm and Thursday March 19 from 3:00pm - 10:00pm while unknowingly infectious.

The department said the risk was very low but some patrons could have been exposed.

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Anyone who attended the restaurant during those times is being advised to monitor their health for 14 days from those dates and see a doctor immediately if they develop symptoms.

The state government on Tuesday announced it was pouring $1.2 billion into the health system to ramp up its response to the virus and $2.5 billion to help households and the workforce.

Health Minister Steven Miles says Queensland has conducted one in four coronavirus tests in Australia, with more than 37,300 completed by Tuesday.

- reporting with AAP

Source: 9News

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