A person in their 30s is among 10 people in Queensland who have died with COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The state recorded a further 11,947 new cases overnight.
The Gold Coast recorded 1,355 of those cases, taking the total number of cases recorded in the city to 40,092.
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There’s been a drop in the number of people in hospital, falling from 884 to 863.
The number of people in ICU has actually dropped from 52 to 47 with 14 people currently on ventilators.
Chief Health Officer John Gerrard has confirmed the person in their 30s who lost their life was unvaccinated but could not confirm if they also had underlying medical issues.
The Gold Coast is preparing for its peak in cases within a matter of days.
Dr Gerrard says it will be a little while after that before they can confidently say the peak has passed.
“Gold Coast clearly has the largest number of patients, I think this morning they had nine wards across the public and private sector with COVID patients across the Gold Coast and we’re expecting that to peak in the next few days,” Dr Gerrard said.
“Now, when will we actually see the number of inpatients fall? I’m hoping we will start to see it sometime in the coming week, that’s what the modelling suggests, starting with the Gold Coast and that’s what we’re watching every day.
Meantime, Queensland will expand the list of workers classed as essential in line with a National Cabinet decision earlier this month.
People working in telecommunications, broadcasting, journalism, private aged care and the disability sector will be allowed to attend work if they are a close contact.
Those workers will need to have a negative rapid antigen test before returning to work as well as one on days two, four and six.
More to come.