Qld records large drop in COVID-19 cases, nine further deaths

Queensland has recorded a significant decrease in new COVID-19 cases today, with 5746 infections detected in the past 24 hours.

That’s down from 8,508 new infections on Saturday.

Sadly, the state has also recorded a further nine deaths, taking the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Queensland to 277.


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“Of the nine deaths in the last 24-hour period, seven of those were in residential aged care, bringing the total number in residential aged care to 141,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

“That’s more than half of the total number of deaths experienced in Queensland so far”.

The State’s top doctor said unvaccinated people over the age of 60 continue to account for most of the deaths.

“The pattern is becoming increasingly clear… Most of the deaths we are seeing in Queensland are in the unvaccinated older age group,” Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said.

“So older Queenslanders without a booster are at higher risk”.

There are now 663 people being treated for the virus in public hospitals, down from 727 on Saturday.

Of those, 45 are in intensive care.

Dr Gerrard admitted that COVID-19 outbreaks in schools were “inevitable” with children heading back to classrooms for the start of term one tomorrow.

“Some children will get sick enough to be admitted to hospital,” he said.

“But hospitalisations associated with the children themselves I would not expect to be in very large numbers.

“The bigger risk in terms of hospitalisations is more the child bringing the virus home to the parents and grandparents, especially grandparents who are not boosted.”

Dr Gerrard said it was “very unlikely” schools would have to be shut down due to outbreaks.

“That’s certainly very much a last resort, this is not like 2021… We want to be able to control this virus at a classroom level,” he said.

“If kids are sick they will need to go home and quarantine.

“But our goal now is not to completely contain this virus, our goal is to minimise hospitalisations, to minimise illness”.

There are now 48,447 active COVID-19 cases across Queensland.