Queensland COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations fall as disease identified as a leading killer in 2022

Authorities are “looking closely” at whether to ease Queensland’s COVID-19 risk warning level as case numbers and hospitalizations continue to decline. Key points: The state’s traffic light warning system has been on amber for the past nine weeks There was a 19pc fall in active cases in the week to Wednesday COVID-19 was the third-highest … Read more

Long COVID clinic in Brisbane offers hope to sufferers as Queensland studies cases

At the start of this year Helen McLennan was working as an occupational therapist, completing her PhD and thought nothing of running 20 kilometers on the weekend. That all changed when the 39-year-old caught COVID-19 at a triathlon in late January. What started out as an illness “just like a common cold” got worse and … Read more

Carnival Cruises makes masks mandatory: Australia reacts to new Covid wave

Carnival Cruises has reintroduced mandatory mask wearing on-board its ships following a spike in Covid cases. A statement said masks were back “out of an abundance of caution.” They will be required in public indoor spaces, outdoors when in large groups where physical distancing cannot be maintained and during the entire embarkation and debarkation process. … Read more

Qld chief health officer John Gerrard provides major Covid update

Queensland’s active number of Covid-19 cases has jumped by 61 per cent, with the chief health officer warning waves of the virus could continue “for years”. The state raised its alert level to amber on Thursday as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared it was entering a new wave of coronavirus. Chief health officer John Gerrard on … Read more

Covid-19: New wave of Covid coming to Australia

Living with Covid-19 does not mean ignoring the virus, an epidemiologist has warned, as Australia braces for a new wave. NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant this week urged people to get a booster vaccine, with Omicron sub-variants BQ. 1 and XBB expected to overtake BA. 5 as the dominant variants in Australia. “We’re starting … Read more

Queensland’s COVID-19 mandate for masks on public transport to be scrapped

Queensland is ending the requirement for people to wear face masks while on public transport. Key points: The rule will be relaxed for staff and commuters from midnight The Health Minister asked the public to respect those who chose to continue wearing masks Masks will still be required in vulnerable settings, by close contacts and … Read more

Queensland in ‘new stage’ of COVID-19 pandemic, changes to vaccine mandate, reliance on health directives and reporting flagged

Queensland’s Health Minister says the state has reached “a new stage of the pandemic” and authorities will move to change its approach to managing COVID-19. Key points: Daily reporting of COVID statistics will be wound back from this weekend A blank COVID-19 vaccine mandate direction for private health care workers will be lifted The national … Read more

Queenslanders have been given new advice about mask-wearing. Here’s where the COVID rules stand

Queenslanders are no longer being asked to wear masks when indoors, as the third Omicron wave of COVID-19 continues to subside in the state. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement today — but said anyone considered vulnerable is still being told to wear a mask. Previously all Queenslanders were advised to wear masks in crowded … Read more

Queensland’s latest COVID wave has passed, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says

Queensland has passed the peak of the third COVID wave with it expected to end in the coming weeks, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says. Ms Palaszczuk made the announcement at the Ekka today with hospitalization numbers falling steadily since last month. “We actually peaked around July 25 … that’s excellent news,” she said. Chief Health Officer … Read more

Queensland COVID-19 cases remain high as Deputy Premier offers condolences after death of toddler

Deputy Premier Steven Miles has expressed his sympathies to the family of a toddler who passed away from COVID-19 on the weekend. Key points: Among the recorded deaths there was one person in their 50s, four in their 70s, six in their 80s, seven in their 90s and one person over 100 The number of … Read more