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2 days ago

Premier gets tested for COVID-19 after her voice turns hoarse

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has tested negative for COVID-19 after her office denied she was being tested in the first place.

Questions about the Premier's health were raised after she complained of a croaky voice during an online debate on Monday night.

Ms Palaszczuk then travelled to Mackay to attend a funeral on Tuesday before visiting Bundaberg on Wednesday.

Her voice was hoarse on Wednesday and she did not front the media on Thursday morning.

When questioned on Wednesday and on Thursday morning if the Premier would be, or had been, swabbed for COVID-19, her office told Brisbane Times on Thursday morning that she had not.

A spokesman for the Premier said she had strained her voice after a full sitting of Parliament last week and a number of engagements, but it was not a sore throat.

Treasurer Cameron Dick later confirmed she had been tested.

Ms Palaszczuk was tested for the virus on Wednesday night, but her staff were not informed until later on Thursday, after they had already spoken with Brisbane Times.

"The Premier lost her voice, I can advise you that she had a COVID test, that came back negative," Mr Dick said.


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