“So they were diagnosed, managed, treated in other states – in Victoria and Western Australia.
“So that means we’ve got another day in Queensland without any new cases, which is excellent.”
The four people are understood to have been passengers on the Coral Princess cruise ship and were diagnosed and treated in Victoria, while the other two were treated in WA.
With the number of active cases sitting on 19 on Tuesday, arrivals from interstate and overseas remain the main vector for the virus going forward.
It comes as Queensland airports record their highest domestic arrival figures in more than a week, with 708 people flying into the state on Monday.
A total of 21 arrivals were directed into quarantine, while two were refused entry.
Spikes of about 800 to 950 travellers were reported in the days leading up to the Easter long weekend – the peak days for arrival figures so far.
Domestic travellers diagnosed with COVID-19 have sparked a number of health alerts and contact-tracing efforts among fellow passengers, including one person on board a flight returning from Melbourne earlier this month.
The state looks to start easing restrictions further, with this Saturday the start of stage one of the roadmap to recovery, allowing some restaurants and other venues a limited reopening as well as increasing the number of people who can gather in public places, among other measures.
Brisbane City Council is working to disinfect hundreds of parks and other public areas in time for the weekend and the expected increase in demand, with groups of up to 10 allowed in public spaces, with appropriate social distancing.
Brisbane residents have six days left to park for free as Brisbane City Council moves to end the amnesty on parking fees and fines announced two months ago.
Beachside barbecues would be back on the agenda for some this weekend after the Gold Coast council announced a number of facilities would reopen under the first stage of relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.
Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment will be available for use across the region on Saturday. Sporting fields and park bookings will be open for groups of up to 10 people.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Scenic Rim says guests can book accommodation from June 12 after the business was forced to close for the first time in its 94-year history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the easing of restrictions comes a potential drop in the number of people fined for breaching them; more people have been fined in Queensland for breaching lockdown rules than the number of people who have been infected with the coronavirus.
A total of 1849 fines have been dished out since the start of the pandemic, putting about $2.5 million into government coffers, ahead of the public health order imposing the fines expiring on May 19.
Among those fined include an alleged Lutwyche brothel, a man who travelled to go on a Tinder date and a businessman who flew his helicopter to Moreton Island for a picnic.
– with Lydia Lynch, Matt Dennien and Toby Crockford
Stuart Layt covers health, science and technology for the Brisbane Times. He was formerly the Queensland political reporter for AAP.
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