02 March 2020 – Queensland extends public health emergency declaration, increases health capacity

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Financial Support, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Executive Office, Health
Level of Jurisdiction: Queensland
Lead People/Agency: JOINT STATEMENT
Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Steven Miles

Overview: Queensland boosts coronavirus measures

Following a meeting of cabinet’s Public Health and Safety committee the Premier announced those measures include:

Tripling emergency department capacity and doubling intensive care capacity across all hospitals
Purchasing an additional 110 ventilators
$25 million worth of medicines, gloves and masks brought forward
Ensuring adequate staffing
Additional capacity for fever clinics

The current public health emergency declaration extended until midnight on 19 May, 2020.
Full details here: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2020/3/2/queensland-boosts-coronavirus-measures

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Perception of an increased threat to the country, Considered a necessary escalation of current measures
Source of Evidence or Justification: meeting of cabinet’s Public Health and Safety committee, chaired by the Queensland Premier.
Evidence/Justification: Following a meeting of cabinet’s Public Health and Safety committee, chaired by the Queensland Premier.