Qld records 59 cases as masks “strongly recommended” indoors

Queensland has recorded another jump in COVID-19 cases, with 59 new infections detected across the state, including on the Gold Coast.

Premier Annastacia said that the surge in cases “was expected”, admitting “we expect to see more and more cases coming up into Christmas and over New Year”.

But we are well prepared for this,” the Premier said.


Today’s new cases were detected across the whole state, including in Brisbane South and North, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba region and Townsville.

At least 9 have been linked to interstate travel, another 16 are contacts of known cases and one case was acquired overseas.

The source of the remaining 33 infections remains under investigation.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said the Omicron strain continues to spread throughout the sunshine state, with 43 confirmed cases.

“Omicron is clearly becoming dominant in Queensland,” he said.

“We’ve had 43 confirmed Omicron cases in Queensland so far and of those tested yesterday, there were 13 Omicron cases and eight Delta cases”.

Dr Gerrard again warned that cases will spike over the festive as more people flock to Queensland from interstate hotspots for holidays.

“This is consistent with what we’ve been saying over the past week where we’re seeing roughly a doubling in the number of cases every 48 hours roughly,” he said.

“So we do expect the cases to increase significantly and the trend has continued as we head into January.”

In the past 24 hours, there were more than 13,395 tests conducted.

“The good news is that we are now at 89.67% first dose and we are looking at 84.51% of eligible Queenslanders are fully vaccinated,” the Premier said.

In a bid to try and stop the spread of the virus, the State Government is now “strongly recommending” people wear masks in indoor settings.

“So we’re not mandating it, but I will be wearing my mask when I go in and out of cafes or restaurants and when you’re sitting there, you can take your mask off,” the Premier said.

“This is just an added precaution until we get to that 90% fully vaccinated.”

Currently, masks are mandatory in retail stores, on public transport, rideshares and taxis, as well as in vulnerable settings like hospitals and aged care facilities.

At our road borders, police intercepted more than 36,314 vehicles in the past 24 hours, with 199 turned around and eight people placed into quarantine.

More than 197,546 border passes were also issued.

Meantime, around 100 police officers on the Gold Coast and Logan have been forced into isolation after being linked to outbreaks.

Two officers on the Gold Coast have now tested positive, forcing 52 staff into isolation, while one officer in Logan has also been infected, with 49 officers from that district in quarantine.