Qld records 3118 new COVID-19 cases, one person in ICU

Queensland has recorded another daily COVID-19 record, with more than 3000 cases detected in the past 24 hours.

A total of 3118 new cases have been recorded overnight – which is an increase of almost 900 cases from the previous day.

It takes the total number of active cases across the state to 11,697.


At least 126 people are being treated for COVID symptoms in hospital, but only one person is in Intensive Care.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said it’s a man in his 50s who is not on a ventilator.

He is in a stable condition with the Delta variant, despite 80 per cent of cases across the state now being Omicron.

“He is vaccinated and he has received two doses of the vaccine two months ago,” Dr Gerrard said.

“So this reminds us that even if you are vaccinated it is possible to get quite sick”.

More than 35,215 tests were conducted across the state on Thursday, with the state’s top doctor revealing queues are “generally improving, but demand remains high”.

“We believe the changes made at National Cabinet should decrease the numbers waiting in queues for PCR tests in the coming weeks,” Dr Gerrard said.

It comes as testing requirements for interstate travellers are also scaled back, with hopes it will take the pressure off testing sites across the country.

From tomorrow, people will only need a negative rapid antigen test to enter the state, instead of a PCR test.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said officers will be relying a lot on the honesty of travellers, with people still required to declare on their border pass that they’ve had a negative test.

Those who are caught flouting the system could cop a fine of more than $1400.

Meantime, anyone who feels unwell is being strongly encouraged to avoid heading out to any New Year celebrations tonight, with fears the virus could spread rapidly.

“Importantly, stay at home this New Year if you are sick… No matter how mild your symptoms,” Dr Gerrard said.

“At this stage, if you have any respirtory symptoms there is a good chance that is going to be COVID-19.”