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