Qld records 5K COVID cases, 12 deaths as states closes in on 90% vaccination target

QUEENSLAND has recorded another 5,178 COVID-19 cases  and 12 deaths, including one person in their 30s, as the state edges closer to the 90 per cent double vaccination target.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the people who had died ranged in age from their 30s to their 90s.

None had received a booster shot and three were unvaccinated.


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Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said they were investigating the death of the person in their 30s, admitting it was an “unusual” case.

“This was a somewhat unusual case and it’s not clear to what extent COVID played in this person’s death,” Dr Gerrard said.

It’s understood the person has a blood clot but it is not yet known if that could be attributed to the virus.

Nine of those who died were aged care residents, taking the death toll in aged care in Queensland to 160.

Minister D’Ath also revealed 313 school aged children, aged 5-17, had tested positive to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

11 school aged children are currently being treated in hospital.

“Most, if not all of these, will be in hospital for a reason other than COVID,” Dr John Gerrard said

“But it will give us some idea of the impact the return of schools has had .. this is a baseline.”

The total number of people being treated for the virus in public hospitals across the state is 663, including 42 in intensive care.

In private hospitals, 42 people are being treated including three in ICU.

There is hope Queensland will reach the magical 90 per cent double-dose vaccination rate by the end of today, with the state sitting agonisingly close at 89.97 per cent.

“We are nudging very, very slowly closer to that 90 per cent double dose,” Minister D’Ath said.

“If you are due for your second dose you can help us get to that 90 per cent quickly by coming out and getting vaccinated straight away.

“We have capacity at our clinics.”