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Coronavirus CORVID-19's hit to Queensland economy prompts $27 mn aid package by Allyson Horn February 19,2020   |  Source: ABC

Likening Queensland's economic pain from the coronavirus outbreak to a natural disaster, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the Government is rolling out a $27 million rescue package for the tourism, education and agriculture sectors.

Those three sectors alone are expected to lose hundreds of millions of dollars due to the closure of China's borders following the outbreak of the virus, which has recently been renamed CORVID-19.

Queensland tourism operators will have government fees and charges waived as part of the support package.

"Our tourism, fishing and international education industries are hurting," Ms Palaszczuk said.

She said the devastating impact of coronavirus control measures were akin to "a disaster like any cyclone, fire or flood".

"This is the largest, most comprehensive coronavirus response by any government anywhere in Australia," she said.

China is Queensland's biggest trading partner and concerns have been expressed about the risk of massive job losses across the state due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ms Palaszczuk said many industries had already been brought to a standstill.

"This Government has never treated this virus lightly," she said.

"We began preparing our defences while the first patients were still 7,000 kilometres away."

 

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