Cases in Qld surpass 2000 as top doctor warns of “tens of thousands” in weeks

The State’s top doctor has warned it won’t be long before Queensland starts seeing tens of thousands of COVID-19 cases a day following another massive spike.

2222 new cases have been recorded across 30 Local Government Areas in the past 24 hours – the state’s highest daily total.

That’s an increase of more than 600 cases from the previous day.


It comes after more than 35,000 people came forward for testing.

The surge in infections has taken to the total number of active cases in Queensland to 8586, however there are still no patients in intensive care.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said that is likely to change soon.

“Now, I’m talking to my colleagues in hospitals on a regular basis and I can say it is likely in the coming days that there will be intensive care admissions,” he said.

“There definitely are sick patients in hospital.”

Dr Gerrard also issued a grim warning, with the number of cases in Queensland expected to explode even further.

The really big issue though, this is the key issue in trying to balance this message is, we are not going to be talking about 8,000 cases in a few weeks,” Dr Gerrard said.

“We are going to be talking about tens of thousands of cases. And that’s what a pandemic is about. Very large numbers of cases.

“But the good thing is the vaccines are working, and they have been clearly demonstrated to work.”

Meantime, the State Government has now released a five-step framework for Queenslanders to follow if they test positive to the virus.

“The first thing you should do is isolate, and tell anyone who usually lives with you to get tested as soon as possible and also isolate,” Dr Gerrard said.

“Secondly, you’ll receive a call or text from Queensland Health asking you five survey questions about your symptoms and your situation, so we can determine if you can care for yourself at home or if you need care in a hospital.

“Next, step 3, is to tell the people you have been in contact with recently. It’s important they get tested as soon as possible and quarantine.

“The fourth step is to get the things you need, because you’ll most likely be isolating at home for up to 14 days. Arrange contactless delivery of food and medications by family or friends, or ordering online.

“And finally, the fifth step is to look after yourself by keeping a symptom diary, and keeping healthy and active at home, including actively looking after your mental wellbeing.”

Dr Gerrard said if people follow the steps, it will help keep emergency services available for emergencies only, with concerns people have still been turning up at emergency departments after being told they are positive.

“We continue to receive reports of people calling triple zero or calling an ambulance to bring them to the emergency department or presenting straight up to the emergency department, even if they have just mild symptoms,” Dr Gerrard said.

“I must emphasise the majority of us will have mild symptoms if and when we get this infection because in the next few weeks, all of us will know somebody who has and there’s a good chance that we may well ourselves get it.”