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Qld renters now protected from eviction

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Queensland families and business owners who can't pay their rent due to the coronavirus crisis are now protected from eviction.

State parliament has passed new laws to stop struggling families being forced out of their homes, as long as they can prove their income has plunged.

Under the laws, landlords will be forced to abide by a six-month moratorium on eviction.

They also provide protection for commercial tenants, and allow for the appointment of a new small business commissioner to advocate and mediate for traders.

The laws passed with bi-partisan support during an emergency sitting of parliament on Wednesday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the house the laws were not "panacea for everything" but allowed for extraordinary measures in extraordinary times.

"The COVID-19 emergency is evolving. There is nothing stopping us from coming back to parliament at some later date and changing the sunset requirements as the situation demands."

On Wednesday, Queensland recorded no new coronavirus cases - the second time that's happened this week.

The premier said the state was on track "to be smashing the curve".

But she warned any easing of restrictions would require Queenslanders to sign up to a federal government app to allow for better contact tracing when new cases are discovered.

Queensland Health is now publishing data online so people can track the spread of the deadly virus.

The data, updated about lunch time each day, shows virus hotspots, and details the number of recovered cases and those in quarantine.

Queensland's total of confirmed cases stood at 1024 on Wednesday, including 20 patients in hospitals around the state.

© AAP 2020

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