Extra mandates will not be being thought-about in Queensland regardless of the brand new Omicron sub-variant inflicting a spike in Covid-19 circumstances, the state’s chief well being officer says.
John Gerrard stated state infections jumped by 15 per cent previously week, with greater than half the circumstances previously fortnight recognized as sub-variant BA.2.
Queensland has recorded 9 extra deaths and eight,881 new circumstances on Tuesday – essentially the most infections in virtually two months – with absolutely jabbed Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe changing into the most recent state authorities minister to check constructive.
Queensland’s chief well being officer John Gerrard (pictured) stated state infections jumped by 15 per cent previously week, with greater than half the circumstances previously fortnight recognized as sub-variant BA.2
Dr Gerrard stated since BA.2 was first found by Queensland Well being in December it has unfold to greater than 90 international locations.
‘Within the final two weeks we’ve seen 58 per cent of the virus sequenced in Queensland recognized as BA.2,’ he stated.
‘It will likely be by far and away the dominant pressure virus in Australia inside weeks.’
Nevertheless Dr Gerrard just isn’t contemplating reintroducing any mandates, at the least not but.
‘A authorized restriction from the chief well being officer is a really severe factor to undertake,’ he stated.
‘I’ll solely undertake that whether it is clear there may be a direct risk to the security of Queenslanders. However we don’t plan to introduce any new public well being measures to take care of this present BA.2 wave till we get a greater sense of what it’s like.’
Dr Gerrard stated the spike had not been mirrored in hospital wards and was not as unhealthy as January’s Omicron wave when infections doubled each two to a few days.
There are 252 sufferers – together with 19 school-aged kids – in hospital and one other 9 individuals in intensive care.
Mr Gerrard stated extra mandates will not be being thought-about in Queensland regardless of the brand new Omicron sub-variant inflicting a spike in COVID-19 circumstances (pictured, individuals put on masks in Brisbane in January 2022)
The CHO stated the BA.2 variant was ‘dominant’ in age teams from pre-school to 30s in Queensland.
‘For many circumstances everyone knows it’s a delicate illness …(however) we will see severe issues with COVID in kids – it’s not a fantasy – together with some who’ve gone to ICU,’ Dr Gerrard stated.
Well being Minister Yvette D’Ath, who’s again to work after recovering from COVID-19, stated the most recent case numbers have been a well timed reminder for individuals to get vaccinated.
The newest figures present 93.28 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had one dose, whereas 91.49 per cent have had two.
However virtually 40 per cent of Queenslanders due for boosters haven’t obtained them.
One other concern was the 5-11 age group’s 43.15 per cent vaccination charge.
‘I do know we’ve been coping with so many issues in our group in current occasions together with the floods however please bear in mind the virus is … as harmful because it has all the time been,’ Ms D’Ath stated.
In the meantime, Mr Hinchliffe on Tuesday revealed he was the third state minister to contract the virus however solely had delicate signs.
‘I’m following the isolation guidelines, can be recovering and dealing from house,’ he tweeted.