Qld’s COVID-19 restrictions under review as state records 5,286 cases, 10 deaths

Queensland has recorded a further 5,286 COVID-19 cases as the Omicron wave continues to subside across the state.

There were a further ten deaths, three people aged in their 60s, three in their 70s, one in their 80s and three in 90s.

None of those who died were in aged care.


The number of people in hospital has also declined with 462 people receiving treatment in public hospitals, down from 484 yesterday.

There are another 29 patients in private hospitals.

There was a substantial rise in the number of school-aged children contracting the virus, with 1,587 infections detected in the last reporting period.

That is up from 963 yesterday.

However, Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said it shouldn’t be too much of a concern at this stage.

“I wouldn’t read too much into a single day’s reading,” he said.

“I think we need to see a trend rather than a single day’s reading.

“We’ve been looking at New South Wales’ experience which is a week ahead of us in terms of schools returning, and they’ve only seen a very slight blip in the number of increased cases.

“So it will be interesting to see what happens this week.

“But I will continue to emphasise, almost all of these children have mild, mild symptoms. We don’t have any significant rise in in children in hospital with COVID at present.”

Dr Gerrard was quizzed about the future of Queensland’s COVID restrictions, including masks and vaccine mandates, confirming they are still working on a plan.

“We are currently looking at all of the restrictions that we have in place in Queensland,” he said.

“All of them are currently under review given that this Omicron wave is coming to an end.

“We’re also working with our interstate colleagues to see what they are doing as this wave comes to an end.

“We’ve always said we’d have a look at these measures at the end of this month.”

However, he did admit any restrictions that are removed could be put back in at a moments notice, particularly during winter when its feared there could be another increase in cases.

“If some of these restrictions were to be withdrawn, say masks for example, then that would be purely on the understanding that if there was a resurgence of infections then masks would be introduced.

“This is speculative so I don’t want to go too much into that, but that would always be the understanding.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also commented on the possibility of daily COVID-19 press conferences soon coming to an end, insisting they would still stay in place until at least a decision was made about restrictions.

“I think the public still want to know how we’re going with this wave, so at least until the end of this month,” the Premier said.