Coronavirus Gatton: Latest updates, impacts, closures

Anyone doubting the need to wash your hands for 20 seconds and keep 1.5 metres from people should you consider this. 

Queensland's coronavirus cases have doubled in just four days with the number of cases now racing towards 500.

The escalation has no doubt prompted the decision to close Queensland schools from next week for all but the children of essential workers.

One Toowoomba man has died, the second to lose their life in Queensland.

Garry Kirstenfeldt, 68, has been  "a wonderful family man" with a "huge heart". "He adored his family," she wrote on Facebook.

A teacher from the Lockyer Valley has been told to self-isolate as a precaution after becoming ill. A letter sent home with students advised that the school would remain open and that it was following public health advice.

It comes amid a dramatic spike in break and enters and thefts has been reported by Laidley police.

Since Christmas, property crime rates in the district had been falling - but just like everything in the country in the past two weeks, it has changed quickly.

Four vehicles have been stolen, six businesses broken into, seven vehicles broken into, and five homes broken into.

It comes as businesses also struggle to get ahead of the changing crisis. Open one moment, closed the next and limited to 30 minutes only - you could forgive Lockyer hairdressers for being confused on booking appointments based on the changing COVID-19 rules.

The Lowood show society has cancelled its show ball and 2020 show. At this stage, their B&S ball has been postponed until November.

A Minden woman has also revealed how 'pointless' Brisbane International Airports screening was after she returned from overseas.

She's in isolation with her family but they're struggling to order takeaway food, with many businesses not offering delivery options.

Lockyer councillors have also issued a stern warning to anyone not abiding by the national COVID-19 health laws, saying the crisis "needs to be taken seriously by everyone".

At the council's final meeting of the election term, Deputy mayor Jason Cook said "Years ago people went to war to fight for our country - now we have to sit at home and watch TV. It's not too bad is it really."

Elsewhere, overnight there has been lengthy delays after Queensland closed its border to non essential interstate travel.

A sign held up a cancer patient revealed the devastating new reality for those living close to the boundary.

But Gold Coast police superintendent Mark Wheeler said police had revised plans to block Griffith St at Coolangatta and close the back streets leading into Tweed Heads.

"It's essentially a village - people there, their daily lives, are interwoven across that border. "We revisited our plans."

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At a national level, top doctors who are advising the National Cabinet say the next stage of the lockdown should include the closure of "all activities" except essential industries and services, meaning retail shops would also close.

"Cases of locally acquired disease with no link to returned travel or a confirmed case are starting to occur in specific geographic regions," the AHPPC report stated.

"Weddings and religious services continue to feature in transmission events."

Aussie icon Bunnings has introduced new buying restrictions as panic buyers clear the shelves of essential items.
Under the new, temporary restrictions, which came into effect today, shoppers will be restricted to a maximum of four items per person for cleaning and storage products, gardens sprayers and batteries.

There will be a maximum of one item per customer for generators, gas bottles, respirators or face masks, fuel cans, methylated spirits and turpentine.

As the coronavirus continues to bite, Flight Centre is standing down 3800 workers in Australia. The announcement comes two weeks after the travel agent company announced it was shutting down 100 stores across the country.

And in good news for everyone everywhere, the government has backflipped on its decision to restrict hairdressers and barbers to 30-minute appointments.

 

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