Queensland records biggest peak EVER in Covid cases

Queensland records biggest peak EVER in Covid cases with 10,332 new infections and one death

  • Queensland reported 10,332 more Covid-19 cases on Thursday
  • About 12 million free rapid antigens to be distributed to close contacts
  • Several PCR testing centers have closed due to high demand and a shortage of staff

Queensland has recorded 10,332 new cases of COVID-19 and one death from the virus in the state’s largest daily rise in infections.

The new cases emerged after 34,832 tests within 24 hours to 6:30 a.m. Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 42,250.

Twelve people are in intensive care, including two on ventilators, while 284 patients are treated with the virus in hospital.

The surge in new cases, which follows the 6,871 reported on Wednesday, comes as testing capacity is pushed to the brink and authorities warn that many undetected infections are likely to circulate in the state.

Queensland recorded 10,332 new cases of Covid on Thursday amid the Omicron outbreak (Photo: Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk)

The unexpected shutdown of private PCR testing centers due to staffing issues related to virus cases and close contact isolation rules, and slower analysis speed due to high demand are straining capacity.

About 12 million free rapid antigen tests are being distributed to close contacts of known cases and six million point-of-care tests are being distributed to testing clinics starting Thursday.

Authorities say 17,000 cases are under home quarantine while others are still self-isolating as close contacts of known cases.

There are also 89 active COVID-19 outbreaks at private elderly care facilities in Queensland, including 25 involving residents who are COVID-positive, according to the Federal Department of Health.

High infection rates and quarantine rules are causing staff shortages in hospitals, care facilities for the elderly and disabled, prisons and police forces.

Many hotels and resorts have also had to close or partially close due to understaffing, while many other private sector companies are struggling to fill shifts.


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