Qld records 5,440 COVID cases, 7 deaths as hospitalisations fall

Queensland has recorded 5,440 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

Sadly, a further seven deaths have also been recorded across the state, with six of those in aged care.

Three were aged in their 60s, three were aged in their 80s and three were aged in their 90s.


Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said three were not vaccinated, while just one had received a booster.

Hospitalisations continue to fall, with 333 people now being treated for the virus in public hospitals.

Of those, 27 are in intensive care.

“Today actually marks one month since our peak hospitalisations,” Dr Gerrard said.

“On January 25th, Queensland had 928 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including 51 in intensive care.”

Dr Gerrard said the decline in hospitaltiaions was a good reminder about “how much can change in just one month”.

Health officials are also pleased that the number of school children testing positive to the virus is starting to come down, with 1396 testing positive today, down from 1924 yesterday.

“For the second day in a row, we are seeing those numbers lower, which is a good sign,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.

The State’s top doctor said authorities are keeping a close eye on the southern states, who have today scrapped their mask mandates.

“We are watching carefully NSW and Victoria as they lift their mask mandates today,” Dr Gerrard said.

Queensland is due to follow suit next week, but Dr Gerrard admitted mask mandates could be reintroduced down the track “if necessary”.

“At this stage the situation is under control. I would encourage people from next Friday to still carry a mask,” he said.

“We are expecting ongoing transmission of this virus in the coming months, heading into winter”.