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Queenslanders must ‘stay at home this Easter’

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Queenslanders who had still been planning a get away for the Easter holidays have been told to “forget it”.

Queenslanders who had still been planning a get away for the Easter holidays have been told to "forget it".

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has told locals not to head to the beach over the holiday period, and instead to stay in their own suburbs to reduce potential COVID-19 infection.

"Stay in your state and stay in your suburbs. I have heard reports that people up north are thinking about coming down to our beaches on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Can I tell everyone forget it," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"You should only be going to the beach if you live near those suburbs. No-one else should pack up the kids and the family and go to the beach. Now is not the time.

"Stay in your suburb, go for a walk around the streets, get to your neighbours and help a vulnerable person out who may not be able to get to the shops or pharmacy."

She confirmed locations such as Brisbane's Ekka could be made into makeshift hospitals which would house potentially thousands of patients.

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The showground was used in a similar fashion 100 years ago during the Spanish Flu pandemic.

"What we're doing is we're planning for everything. I think it would be negligent for any government not to do that," she said.

"We doubled our capacity. We bought extra ventilators. We are making sure we're cutting down on elective surgery so we can clear out those hospitals.

An estimated 15,000 Australians died fro Spanish Flu when a pandemic swept the world.

"Of course we're looking at hotels and we're looking at convention centres. This is planning for worst case scenario and hopefully it won't come to that."

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She also defended the decision to go ahead with this weekends' local council elections, saying so far, Queensland does not have community transmission.

"I need mayors in place to deal with. We're going through a world pandemic. I don't have mayors in place. As a result of the election we will," she said.

Source: 9News

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