Qld records 86 new cases as quarantine halved for close contacts

Queensland has recorded another expected spike in COVID-19 cases, with 86 new infections detected in the past 24 hours – the state’s highest-ever daily figure.

Of today’s new cases, 79 were locally acquired, six were acquired interstate and one was acquired overseas.

It takes the total number of active cases in Queensland to 269, with 61 of those confirmed to be the Omicron variant.


“We’re seeing about two cases of Omicron diagnosed for every one case of Delta… So Omicron has become the dominant virus here in Queensland,” Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said.

The virus has now spread to central Queensland, with the town of Emerald recording its first case.

“You can assume that this virus is widespread across Queensland,” Dr Gerrard said.

The State Government has also announced changes to quarantine requirements for close and casual contacts who are fully vaccinated.

From 1am tomorrow, close contacts who have had both jabs will only be required to isolate for seven days, instead of 14.

“Until now, those close contacts have been required to quarantine for 14 days, we will bring forward the reduction in that quarantine period from 14 to 7 days,’ Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

“That will greatly reduce the impact on individuals as well as on businesses when they have a COVID positive case.

“Currently all of those close contacts go into quarantine for 14 days, which can have a dramatic impact, as you would understand, on operations and on businesses.

“Reducing that to 7 days reduces the impact on those individuals as well as allowing businesses to get back up and running again.”

Those in quarantine will still need to take a PCR test on day zero and day five.

There are currently 75 people with the virus in hospital, with one person in intensive care.

89.8 per cent of Queenslanders have now had one dose of the vaccine, with the state expected to hit 90 per cent by this afternoon.

While 84 per cent are now fully vaccinated.

In the past 24 hours, 36,271 vehicles entered the sunshine state via our road borders, with 325 cars turned around.

While at our airports, 188 flights from hotspots touched down, with 8800 passengers checked.

Of those, 14 were refused entry, while 107 were placed into hotel quarantine.