Queensland records two more COVID deaths, 4,265 new cases

Queensland has recorded two more COVID-19 deaths, with 4,265 new cases detected in the reporting period.

The two people who died were in their 70s and 80s. Both were unvaccinated.

The state has 34,081 active cases.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said the situation in general “continues to improve significantly”.

“We’re now down to 365 people in public hospitals in Queensland, down from 391 yesterday. That includes 33 patients in intensive care,” he said.

There were also 21 people in private hospitals, five of whom are in intensive care, taking the total to 386 in hospital and 38 in intensive care.

There were 1,381 cases reported in school children aged five to 17, down from 1,507 yesterday.

“The main thing we’re looking for there is whether there is any increase, and there has been no increase in cases among children… since the schools opened last Monday week,” he said.

The CHO said the decision to delay school by two weeks had been vindicated.

“We know that the vast majority of children have a very mild illness. There’s no question about that,” he said.

“But also there was quite a significant epidemic among children about two to three weeks before schools opened, which vindicates the decision to delay the opening of school.”

Dr Gerrard said the state’s vaccination rate was the reason it had not recorded a lot more deaths and hospitalizations.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey encouraged Queenslanders to continue to get vaccinated.

“People need to get vaccinated if they have not, it’s not too late to get the vaccination,” he said.

“People need to get the booster to give people an extra layer of protection.

“So even though the numbers are improving, we’re still seeing people die and this virus is still there. So people need to make sure their health is the number one priority.”

Threat or flu in winter

Dr Gerrard said there would be a push for people to also receive their flu vaccinations before winter.

“It’s one of those unknowns, and we need to be prepared for influenza,” he said.

“And we are going to be strongly encouraging people to receive influenza vaccine when it arrives, which will likely be in April.

“Because there is a significant chance that we could have both viruses this winter.”

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