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Qld COVID-19: 9,581 new cases, 419 in hospital, 21 in ICU

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Queensland has recorded at least 9,581 new cases of COVID-19, with 419 people being treated in hospital with 21 in intensive care.

Health authorities are still waiting on results from private pathology labs, which explains the sharp drop in cases reported from Sunday’s 18,000 cases.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath says four labs were unable to produce their testing results due to a software glitch.

There are seven patients on ventilators.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard is advising parents to not be overly anxious about their child contracting Omicron. 

“For the most part, the children will have only a mild illness similar to the respiratory infections they've had in the past,” he says.

“It's very likely there will be a surge in infections when schools return.

“In reality, the biggest risk is not to the children themselves. It's to their parents and grandparents.”

On Sunday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed school start dates would be pushed back two weeks from January 24 to February 7.

This has been done as a safety measure to avoid children being in class at the peak of the Omicron variant wave expected in the final week of January or first week of February.

Vaccinations begin today for children aged five to 11 and Queensland Health has received more than 26,000 bookings for that cohort to be vaccinated since December. 

 

More than 91 per cent of Queenslanders aged 16-plus have had one dose of the vaccine while 87.79 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Dr Gerrard says the Gold Coast is shaping up as an area with a significant surge of the virus, which is concerning as hospitalizations rise steadily across the state.

Of the 21 patients in ICU, 11 are on the Gold Coast and of those six are unvaccinated.

Dr Gerrard says the other five patients in Gold Coast ICU are double vaccinated, but had other complex medical issues.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is warning visitors to Queensland to obey the mask mandate.

 

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