COVID hospitalisations increase in Qld, Education Minister tests positive

Queensland has recorded another 11 COVID-19 related deaths as well as another 9,546 new cases.

Of the 11 deaths, one person was aged in their 50s, one in their 60s, two in their 70s, three in their 80s and four were in their 90s.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said the number of people being treated in public hospitals in Queensland had risen to 928.


“That’s a significant rise from yesterday, up from 878 yesterday as we approach our general peak in Queensland in the next couple of weeks,” he said.

51 people are being treated in intensive care including 13 who are on ventilators.

The Chief Health Officer said it was clear Queensland was approaching the height of the current wave.

“The good news in most of the world … is we’ve seen a steady rise in cases over a period of about one month followed by a steady fall over the next month,” Dr

“That’s what we’re expecting to see in Queensland.”

However, he admitted what happens past that point is still unclear.

“What happens at the end of that second month, that will be a time to regroup,” he said.

“There will be some sort of tail and there may be few future cases as we move forward.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also revealed Education Minister Grace Grace had tested positive to COVID-19, delaying the release of the back-to-school plan.

She was due to release the plan this week, ahead of the return of students on February 7.

“As soon as she is back on deck the education minister will make that announcement,” the Premier said.