Coronavirus Gatton: all you need to know today


Queensland's coronavirus cases have increased by another 13 overnight, taking the state total to 934.

Queensland Health has confirmed the increase - showing the virus' spread has flattened in recent days following tough social distancing regulations.

Of the state's 934 cases, 119 Queenslanders have contracted COVID-19 from cruise ships.

And the national death toll is currently at 45.

Confirmed cases in the West Moreton region, which includes the Lockyer Valley and Somerset, have remained stagnant for the past five days, with no new confirmed cases.

The social distancing laws have impacted cattle sales, with only buyers allowed at sales. Laidley auctioneer David Stariha said despite low patron numbers, cattle prices remained high across the region.

The announcement that the Ekka has been cancelled for 2020 will impact cattle breeders. Lockyer Valley charolais stud breeder Graham Blanch had been busy prepping his line of cattle for the Charolais World Congress, which was to be held at the Ekka.

A Gatton church has recieved eight pallets of food to turn into hampers for people and families struggling during the pandemic. The church will have the hampers ready for Good Friday.

If you were thinking about a day trip or quick escape to a holiday home over Easter, think again. Authorities have warned they plan to crackdown on those 'leaving their village'.

And if you were thinking of pushing the boundaries of social distancing, don't. Darling Downs police have started issuing COVID-19 fines for residents violating quarantine and self-isolation orders.

Two people have been hit with large fines after they illegally crossed the Queensland border by driving around roadblocks as the battle to slow the spread of COVID-19 continues.

In a blow for frontline workers, the State Government refuses to say how it will enact its sudden pay rise freeze for thousands of public servants or clarify who will be affected.

Teachers and nurses are among frontline workers who already have certified agreements in place with the Government.

And seven cruise ships still off the Queensland coast have been ordered to leave Australian waters immediately.

The Federal Government has issued a directive for all to leave by 11.59pm on Wednesday, with two others having earlier departed yesterday morning, amid a federal ban on all cruise ships docking.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said no passengers were aboard, and she had no information indicating any of the crew were sick.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, Downing Street has said.

The Australian Defence Force is on standby to provide planes and helicopters to evacuate COVID-19 patients from small rural hospitals if required.

Health Minister Greg Hunt has also revealed 10 million extra face masks will be released from the government's stockpile to frontline health workers this week and 200 million will be manufactured by year's end.

And in news that will shock almost no-one, most Australian students will complete term two online as education ministers thrash out a plan for those in their final year of school.

An emergency doctor has claimed that Aussie medical staff are going to stores including Bunnings to to get supplies to protect themselves while treating COVID-19 patients.

Now that Australia appears to have got the spread of the coronavirus under control, it faces an even more disturbing choice on how to end the epidemic.

Many Australians are still confused by COVID-19, as the most popular online searches around the deadly virus have revealed. Here's the words and issues causing us the most stress.



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