Skip links and keyboard navigation

Queensland COVID-19 update

28 December 2020

Queensland has recorded five new cases of COVID-19. All cases are overseas acquired and detected while in hotel quarantine.

These new cases are being managed by the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services.

This brings Queensland’s total cases to 1,246, 13 of which are active.

Following further testing, the two cases detected on the Lady E marine vessel have been determined as historical cases and are no longer considered active cases.

Any individual who returns a positive COVID-19 test result in Queensland is interviewed. If required, further testing is undertaken to better understand the circumstance around their infection.

One reason for further testing is to assist in determining if the positive test result relates to a new infection or is the result of prolonged shedding of the virus, which is seen in some people with an historical infection with COVID-19.

Serology tests showed that both cases had antibodies from a previous recovered infection of COVID-19. They are no longer infectious.

All other crew from the Lady E have also been tested and returned negative results.

All crew members from the Lady E will continue to quarantine to fulfil the required 14-day quarantine period.

The crew will continue to be monitored for any symptoms during the remainder of their quarantine period.

The state recorded 3,104 tests in the past 24 hours.

The most up-to-date reliable information is available on the Queensland Health website at

It is vital that anyone in Queensland gets a COVID-19 test if you if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, no matter how mild, and stay home until you receive your result.

Symptoms may include fever (37.5 degrees or more), cough, breathing difficulties, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

There are testing facilities right across the state including GPs, fever clinics and pop up clinics. To find your nearest location, visit


Last updated: 28 December 2020