Queensland’s health minister wants the community to be informed of an upcoming coronaviruses warning, as well as the possibility of a new coronaval virus, The Courier-Mail can reveal.
Health Minister Cameron Dick said he would like people to be notified of the threat on a monthly basis, but would also have the information available online in case people become infected.
He said the warning would be available on a number of popular online services including Twitter and Facebook, but not the Queensland Government website.
Mr Dick said the threat was a “precautionary” one, not something to panic about.
“If you get infected you’re in danger and there are a number different things you can do to minimise your risk,” he said.
“We’ve got the resources and the staff in place, we’re confident that we’ll be able to do that.”
This is not something that we can put off for an indefinite period of time.
“It’s something that the community should be able see in the very near future.”
Mr Dick also said the Queensland Public Health Service had been working closely with other states and territories, as part of a national collaboration.
“I’m hopeful we can make that information available to the public and I think that’s important, but we can’t go on saying this is the last one,” he told News Corp Australia.
“The other thing that we want to do is make sure that there is a clear communication plan between the public health and the Queensland Health Service.”
Health officials have been working with the states and local government to set up a hotline, but have yet to get a response from anyone.
Mr Dickinson said he hoped to announce the new warning on Tuesday.
“What we’re going to be doing in the coming days is announcing that information to the Queensland public through Twitter, Facebook and all the social media platforms, and I hope that’s what the public will get,” he explained.
“They’ll get the information from Twitter, and then we’ll get them through the Queensland Department of Health and we’ll go back to them and they’ll be informed.”