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The state government will push through new laws on Tuesday to allow health emergency declarations to remain in place for up to three months, in response to the coronavirus threat.

As it stands, emergency health orders only last for a week with Health Minister Steven Miles’ current coronavirus emergency declaration set to expire on Wednesday.

Health Minister Steven Miles hopes the new laws will ensure health officials' efforts are not interrupted.

Health Minister Steven Miles hopes the new laws will ensure health officials’ efforts are not interrupted.Credit:AAP

Dr Miles said under current laws, the Governor in Council would need to make a regulation to extend the emergency declaration.

“A public health emergency order provides emergency officers appointed under the Public Health Act with wide-ranging powers to manage any health threats and keep Queenslanders safe,” he said.