Qld clocks up fifth new COVID case in a week as restriction rollbacks loom

The only thing understood to be standing in the way of such a commitment by the end of the month would be an outbreak following mass protests across the country last weekend or after today’s refugee protests.

In an update posted to social media, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 1065 cases of the virus had now been confirmed in the state. A total of 4852 tests were conducted on Friday.

Health Minister Steven Miles said on Thursday the state was continuing to test “close to that 5000 [a day] level that we aspired to”.

A two-year-old boy who recently returned from overseas was the single case recorded on Friday. His family had quarantined in Victoria before travelling home to Queensland.

Mr Miles, who is also the Deputy Premier, said that case was “one of the youngest” in the state.

As of Friday, two of the four active cases in Queensland were in hospital, with one in intensive care.