COVID-19 hospitalisations continue decline in Qld as state records 11,600 new cases, 15 deaths

Queensland has recorded another 11,600 COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths as hospitalisations continue to decline on the Gold Coast.

Of the 15 people who died while infected with COVID-19, two were aged in their 60s, nine in their 80s and four in their 90s.

Four were unvaccinated, four had one dose, five had two doses and two had a third dose.


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Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said whether COVID-19 was the main cause of their deaths was still being investigated.

“These are people who had a COVID positive test around the time of their death,” Dr Gerrard said.

“Just to clarify .. sometimes in people with multiple medical conditions, particularly older people, it can be difficult to determine what extent the virus played a cause in the death of that individual.

“But in the interest of transparency we report all people who have died who have had a recent positive COVID test.”

Hospitalisation rates continue to improve in Queensland, with the number of people receiving treatment down to 829.

48 of those are in intensive care including 15 who are on a ventilator.

“Most of that fall has been on the Gold Coast as expected,” Dr Gerrard said.

“The Gold Coast .. it has very clearly peaked and is on its way down.

“We believe the Greater Brisbane area and the rest of south east Queensland is approaching its peak right now.”

Minister D’Ath said she was feeling optimistic about the COVID situation

“I haven’t felt that way for a few weeks now,” she said.

“We’re just seeing a bit of a trend happening that makes us think this isn’t just a blip, we’re potentially over that peak.

“But I don’t want us to get complacent. We’ve got more to go.”

Dr Gerrard said it was still unclear what the future looked like once the state gets over the Omicron wave.

“Once we’re over this peak, we’re all going to regroup, look again at our approach to COVID both at a state level and a national level,” he said.

“We’ll review all our measures, we’ll start talking more and more about this .. about where the strategy goes.

“I have a feeling this tail will go on for some time so I don’t think it will be as simple as the flu.

“We’re still not totally clear how the tail of this pandemic will play out and it’s still not totally clear whether there will be further waves, particularly going into the winter.

“This is a very different pandemic than the 2020 pandemic.”