Spike in younger people testing positive as Qld records 714 cases

Queensland has recorded a slight drop in COVID-19 cases today, with less people getting tested over Christmas being attributed to the dip.

There’s been 714 new infections detected in the past 24 hours, down from the 765 cases recorded on Christmas Day.

It comes after 29,918 people came forward for testing, less than the previous day’s testing total of 33,971.


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Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said he expects cases to spike again in the next few days.

“This is slightly fewer than the preceding 24 hours – almost certainly has something to do with Christmas, perhaps people not coming forward to get tested over Christmas,” Dr Gerrard said.

“So won’t surprise us at all if within the next couple of days if the numbers get substantially higher and we would not be too concerned about that, that would not be a surprise.”

There are just seven people in hospital with COVID-19 symptoms, a stat that has left even the state’s top doctor surprised.

“It is still very interesting that there are only seven patients in hospital who are there because of symptoms of COVID and no cases in the intensive care units or on ventilators as of last night,” he said.

“That’s despite having 2,857 cases of COVID currently active in Queensland.”

However, he did reveal that three-quarters of people diagnosed with the virus in Queensland over the past fortnight have been under the age of 35.

“It’s probably related to the behaviour of young people,” Dr Gerrard said.

“They’re more social than people over the age of 35… So we have known that from the beginning that younger people are more likely to get this infection, even though they tend not to get as sick.

I don’t want to overemphasise the fact that we don’t have anyone in intensive care. It’s interesting and we’re watching it with great interest, but our age group is young.”

Of the cases in Queensland, around 75 per cent are the Omicron strain, while 25 per cent are Delta.

There are currently 93 people in hospital, however, only seven have COVID-19 symptoms and none are in ICU or on ventilators.

Around 714 cases are being managed at home with mild symptoms.

The Chief Health Officer also used today’s press conference to make a specific call for pregnant women to get vaccinated.

“Covid-19 is a very bad infection to get during pregnancy, it’s bad for the mother and it’s bad for the unborn baby,” Dr Gerrard said.

He said both the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine are safe and effective to give during pregnancy.

“So please, please, can I make a specific appeal to pregnant women to get vaccinated now because you are likely – if living in Queensland, you are likely to be exposed to the virus in the coming weeks and we know there’s a safe and effective way of protecting you”.