Queensland has recorded another large spike in COVID-19 cases, with 589 new infections detected in the past 24 hours.
It takes the total number of active cases across the sunshine state to 1389.
The cases were detected after more than
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The state’s vaccination rate currently stands at
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath labeled Queensland’s vaccination figures as “extraordinary”.
Ms D’Ath also welcomed the news that booster shots will be brought forward from five months to four months from January.
Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said more people are now being treated in their homes rather in hospitals, due to the low rate of people with severe symptoms.
Out of all the cases, just three people are in ICU with mild symptoms.
“In the coming weeks we will be seeing large numbers of cases, thousands of cases,” Dr Gerrard warned.
“When you have large numbers of cases that will translate to a significant number of people with the potential to put a strain on the health system.”
Queenslanders are being urged to wear a mask in situations where they cannot socially distance over the Christmas period.
Meantime, the Chief Health Officer has strongly warned anyone with symptoms to avoid going to any Christmas celebrations.
“Obviously if you have any symptoms, if you are unwell, please don’t attend Christmas events,” Dr Gerrard said.
“And if you are not vaccinated, stay away from everybody, do not go to any Christmas events”.