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Please stay home at Easter: Qld officials

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Officials are insisting Queenslanders stay in their homes over the Easter break to avoid a spike in new COVID-19 infections.

For weeks, state and federal health officers and leaders have ordered everyone to cancel their plans to get away during what would usually be a break.

The rate of new disease diagnoses has dropped in recent days, but there's a risk it could quickly jump if people ignore rules to stay at home and keep their distance from others over the long weekend.

"This is about saving lives," Dr John Wakefield, director general of the health department said.

"Please stay at home this Easter, spend time with the kids."

Queensland has recorded an additional nine cases of the virus overnight, bringing the state's total to 943.

Most of the other cases are patients who have travelled overseas, or have had direct contact with a confirmed case who had travelled overseas.

Domestic violence services hit by a sudden surge in demand amid the pandemic are getting $5.5 million in increased funding to help them cope.

Dozens of shelters across the state are already beyond capacity as victims flee their homes after being forced to stay with their abusers to comply with rules aimed at stopping the spread of the virus.

There are fears perpetrators will use the health crisis to exert more control, fear and intimidation over the victims during self-isolation.

Services have made urgent calls for more funds to help women and children at a time when they need it most.

They have experienced a massive spike in calls, while Google searches for services has jumped by 75 per cent.

Of the funding, $1.7 million will go towards crisis accommodation in shelters, hotels or residential properties as 50 shelters struggle to cope with demand.

Another $1.5 million is earmarked for DV Connect, a 24-hour call centre for victims, while $1.8 million will be spent on enhancing specialist domestic, family and sexual violence services to meet anticipated demand.

Up to $500,000 will go towards a communications campaign aimed at victims.

"We know there are perpetrators who are now at home with their victims," Di Farmer, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence said on Wednesday.

"They may have lost their job, they may have lost their income.

"They may have cabin fever and there are women and their children alone with those perpetrators feeling more isolated than they ever were before and feeling that they have even fewer options."

Meanwhile, six people on the Sunshine Coast have been fined for throwing a party overnight, claiming they were unaware of the pandemic.

People have been banned from travelling to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Moorgumpin (Moreton Island) and K'gari (Fraser Island) unless they live or work there, or are travelling for other permitted purposes.

And on the front line, an infectious diseases nurse treating COVID-19 patients in a Brisbane hospital has tested positive to the illness.

The nurse had been working in the infectious diseases unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital when she began feeling unwell.

She is now resting in isolation.

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