Queensland Covid cases rocket up 37 per cent to 3,587 and hospital numbers jump with two pregnant women in ICU as strict indoor mask mandate kicks in
Queensland has recorded 3,587 new Covid cases, a figure 37 per cent higher than yesterday’s tally.
There are now 122 people in hospital but only five people in the state are in ICU with Covid.
It comes after mask mandates were extended to slow the spread of the disease in Queensland.
Queensland has recorded 3,587 new Covid cases, a figure 37 per cent higher than yesterday’s tally. Pictured: Queenslanders at Surfers Paradise on New Year’s Day
Previously masks were only required indoors at supermarkets, shops, on public transport and ride share as well as airports and planes, cinemas and theatres.
From Sunday they will also be required at workplaces unless unsafe to do so, pubs, clubs and cafes unless when seated, indoor stadiums and sport arenas, libraries, hair dressers and nail salons and medical centre waiting areas.
Chief Health Officer John Gerrard warned that Queensland will see higher case numbers in the weeks ahead as the more infectious Omicron variant of Covid spreads.
‘The issue we are facing is of course that with the degree of contagiousness of this virus, we are going to be seeing very large numbers of cases, even though the severity is clearly going to be less, we are going to see very large numbers of cases and a small proportion of a very large number is still a large number,’ he said.
However, he said the level of severe illness was low, saying Queensland was seeing ‘nothing like’ the scenes in New York and Italy where hospitals were packed at the start of the pandemic in 2020.
Dr Gerrard called for pregnant women to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as they are eligible.
‘Many people are not aware that in pregnancy, your level of immunity is slightly suppressed,’ he said.
‘The theory is that it is to prevent the mother’s body from rejecting the baby as a foreign invader.
‘So pregnancy it very slightly, it lowers your level of immunity in pregnant women.
‘This means pregnant women are more susceptible to a number of different infections, including Covid-19. That is why it is so critical pregnant women get vaccinated.’
Revellers celebrate New Year’s Eve at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Queensland