The Chronicle

Two new cases amid claims Queensland unfairly targeted


PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that Queensland has recorded two new Covid cases while the Health Minister has slammed the Prime Minister for “unfairly” targeting the state over hospital funding.

One of Queensland’s new cases is a three-year-old girl linked to Brisbane’s aviation cluster. The other is a 19-yearold woman who flew from Victoria to Brisbane and was quarantine­d after arriving.

It comes after 8390 tests in the past 24 hours, with Ms Palaszczuk urging more Queensland­ers to come forward and get tested.

During yesterday’s Covid update, Ms Palaszczuk officially announced Dr Krispin Hajkowicz would be Queensland’s next chief health officer.

Dr Hajkowicz will take on the role when Dr Young becomes the next Governor.

“He is the perfect person,” Dr Young said.

Dr Hajkowicz has been Dr Young’s go-to person throughout Queensland’s clinical response to Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Prime Minister Scott Morrison had unfairly targeted Queensland over calls for extra hospital funding despite other state and territory leaders also calling for a new funding model.

“This is a national conversati­on,” she said. “This isn’t just about Queensland.”

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