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Virus testing trial at pharmacies

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A trial will be launched in Queensland to allow pharmacists to carry out coronavirus testing.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Wednesday announced the state had recorded no new confirmed cases and also said Queensland pharmacists would be provided with training to conduct the testing, with samples to be analysed by Queensland Health.

Queenslanders have been getting tested in big numbers already, but we want to make it as accessible and convenient as possible, Ms Palaszczuk said.

Ms Palaszczuk reported there were 11 active cases of 1089 total confirmed cases.

She said on Facebook that 693,707 tests had been conducted.

”Sadly six Queenslanders with COVID-19 have died. 1076 patients have recovered,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Steven Miles said the pilot program was about making testing even more accessible.

“Until we have an approved vaccine for COVID-19, we will continue to rely on methods like testing to keep Queenslanders safe,” Mr Miles said.

“That’s why we’re launching a pilot program to trial testing for COVID-19 in pharmacies.”

Mr Miles said community pharmacies across the state could take part in the pilot project over the next few months.

“We’re working with Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland and looked at pilots done by some other states,” Mr Miles said.

“Queensland Health will conduct a comprehensive review of the pilot program after the trial to determine if this is a feasible way to increase testing opportunities in community pharmacies.”

President Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Professor Trent Twomey said they would work with the Queensland Government to ensure the success of the trial.

The Courier Mail reports the Premier, despite another day of no confirmed cases, said the battle wasn’t over, acknowledging the new cases in New Zealand.

“Suddenly, after 102 days of being covid-free, four members of one family have tested positive without any clue how they could have got it,” she said.

“It means restrictions have returned in New Zealand.

“We have two enemies in this pandemic. The first is the virus itself. The second enemy is complacency.”

Increasing numbers of interstate arrivals have forced authorities to provide quarantine hotels on the Sunshine Coast.

At least 26 people have been taken to hotels north of Brisbane for their mandatory quarantine because of lack of hotel space in the capital and the Gold Coast.

The two teenage girls who allegedly dodged a train station border checkpoint have tested negative to COVID-19 but have been placed in hotel quarantine.

After it was announced on Tuesday that no new coronavirus cases were recorded in Queensland, police issued a statement saying investigations were continuing into the girls, aged 15 and 16, who arrived by train on August 7 and were located in a Noosa shopping centre on Monday.

It comes after hysteria swept through the Sunshine Coast on Monday afternoon after police cornered the girls they had spent 24 hours looking for. It’s believed they entered the state on Friday from Sydney and did not comply with the chief health officer’s directive to quarantine.

Shops were closed at the Noosa Civic shopping centre and deep cleaning undergone as a precaution, but premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on social media on Tuesday morning that there were only 11 active cases in the state.

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