Man charged over threats to kill Queensland premier and chief health officer

A man has been charged in Australia after allegedly threatening to kill Queensland’s premier and chief health officer.

The Gold Coast man, 43, was arrested after police searched a property in Nerang on Wednesday night.

He has been charged with one count of using a carriage service to make a threat to kill and is due to appear in court next month.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been criticised by some for her strict COVID-related state border closure, which requires people to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine when crossing the border from other parts of Australia.

Last month she described some of that criticism as “relentless” and “intimidating” but added: “I will not be intimidated”.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young was recently given police protection following online trolling and death threats.

She told reporters earlier this week that the trolling had been difficult to deal with, but added: “This [pandemic] has taken a enormous toll on nearly every single person in our community”.

She told News.com.au: “It helps me to know that our government here in Queensland is willing to support me to that extent… the support they’ve shown me has made me feel much safer to do what I need to do.”

Australia has reported more than 26,700 coronavirus cases and 824 deaths, although most of these are in the neighbouring state of Victoria.

On Wednesday, Queensland reported no new cases. It has a total of just over 1,100 cases and six deaths.

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