Queensland has reached a tragic COVID-19 milestone, with 1000 people now passing away from the virus.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath confirmed the news in state parliament on Wednesday.
“I can advise the house, as of today, we have now reached more than 1000 COVID deaths,” Ms D’Ath said.
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“With 10 addition deaths reported overnight, the number of lives lost in Queensland through this awful virus stands at 1008.
“Of course, these numbers are not just statistics, they are people.
“On behalf of all Queenslanders, I extend our condolences to those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.
“Nothing we can say will ever ease their pain.”
The Minister said that while these deaths are tragic, the number could have been much worse.
“While we mourn those who have passed, we must also be clear and be proud of what we have all achieved together,” she said.
“The initial projections of the deaths we would see from the virus stood at 10,000.
“The projections of the curve that would have occurred without our public health interventions would have meant that our hospital system would have been significantly overwhelmed as we saw in so many countries around the world.”
Queensland’s first dose vaccination rate now stands at 93.87 per cent and double-dose for people 16 and over is 92.3 per cent.
The double dose rate for those 12 and above is now at 91.04 per cent.
62.9 per cent have received a booster.
Ms D’Ath said it was important people kept up vaccinations, especially amid the increase in influenza cases.
“While we are passed through the worst of the first Omicron wave, our hospitals continue to deal with record demand and the threat of COVID-19 is still with us,” she said.