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Queensland’s chief health officer said high temperatures were an “insufficient” indicator to have the corona virus when he begged people to be tested even though they had mild symptoms.

The state has recorded two new cases of COVID-19, while 114 residents in the Rockhampton nursing home were declared negative after a staff member worked while infected.

“Don’t think temperature checks are enough, that’s not enough,” said Chief Health Officer Professor Jeannette Young.

“Some can get through all the illnesses without fever.”

Prof. Young said temperature checks “are not a very effective exclusion criterion”.

“You need to check if you have symptoms – the symptoms can be as light as dry cough or tickling in the throat,” he said.

There are some cases when people consider coronavirus symptoms as asthma or fever, he said.

“We have a very large testing capacity now in Queensland. So we need to use it to protect everyone.”

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