Qld cases DOUBLE again as CHO deems spread of Omicron “necessary”

Queensland’s coronavirus numbers have doubled again with a further 369 cases picked up overnight, as the state’s Covid ‘message’ begins to shift again.

Almost 34,000 people came forward for testing, at least three times the usual testing rate from only a month ago.

There is 163 cases who are being managed in their homes and 93 people in hospital but just the one person is in a bad condition, but Chief Health Officer John Gerrard says that that person has multiple health issues.


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“This is a patient I’ve mentioned before who has other medical problems,” Doctor Gerrard said on Thursday morning.

“I will emphasise there are other patients in hospital with COVID but there’s just the one who was there for other reasons but this is the one patient in hospital who is there because of the infection.”

The Chief Health Officer is now also saying that we’re not trying to contain the spread of the virus too much anymore, and now actually need it to spread.

“Not only is the spread of this virus inevitable, it is necessary. In order for us to go from the pandemic phase to an endemic phase, the virus has to be widespread.

“We all have to have immunity. You will all have to develop immunity.

“There’s two ways you can do that – by being vaccinated or getting infected.

“And once we’ve done that, once the virus is spreading, once we all have some degree of immunity, the virus becomes endemic and that is what is going to happen,” Doctor Gerrard said.

It comes as additional mask restrictions came into place this morning, meaning both staff and patrons have to wear them in cinemas and theatres.

While staff at hospitality venues also have to be wearing them.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is urging everyone to consider wearing their masks wherever they’re in indoor settings.

“It’s going to be really important that with Omicron now out in our community and, as we enter the next phase of this pandemic, people need to think carefully when they’re going into indoor settings to wear a mask unless you are eating or drinking,” the Premier said.

“I want stay safe over Christmas and New Year but we will see an escalation of cases like we’re seeing in other states.”

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard says it’s not about stopping the spread, but rather, slowing it down just a little bit.

“It’s just to try and slow this virus a little bit. We’re not going to stop it. We’re trying to slow it down a little bit to enable people to get third doses. We don’t expect to stop it,” the Chief Health Officer said.

It comes after a tense National Cabinet meeting yesterday, where the Prime Minister urged Queensland to rethink they’re strict testing requirements for border passes.

But Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she’s not changing our response until the New Year at least.

“Our response is we have always kept Queenslanders safe and the measures in place were the measures outlined in the road map and the road map stands. 

“Also, I’m concerned on the Gold Coast that we do not have the high rates of vaccination needed in a tourist destination.

“So to your point, there are thousands of people coming here from New South Wales and from Victoria where the virus is rampant and they’re coming to the Gold Coast and the Gold Coast is exposed because people are not vaccinated,” the Premier said.

Over the last 24 hours, there were 13,108 vaccine doses administered, getting the vaccine rate to 90.1 percent first dose, and 85.26 percent fully protected.

On the Gold Coast, the first dose rate is only at 88.8 percent.

The Premier is urging more locals to come forward for vaccinations.

“Our response is we have always kept Queenslanders safe and the measures in place were the measures outlined in the road map and the road map stands. 

“Also, I’m concerned on the Gold Coast that we do not have the high rates of vaccination needed in a tourist destination.

“There are thousands of people coming here from New South Wales and from Victoria where the virus is rampant and they’re coming to the Gold Coast and the Gold Coast is exposed because people are not vaccinated,” the Premier said.