Future uncertain as cases continue to climb

Michelle Landry urges all Central Queenslander's to get vaccinated.

by Khrysti Balanay

Authorities warn many undetected infections are likely to be circulating in the state as Queensland records 10953 new cases with Central Queensland recording 173 on Friday, 7 January.

In the past 24-hours, 90.9% have had their first dose and 87.3% are fully vaccinated.

In a press conference on Friday morning, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated the 624,328 people who had received their booster shots.

“This is a really difficult time for Queensland,”

“We have 327 people in hospital, 14 patients in the Intensive Care Unit including three people on ventilation.

“We have pressure on our hospital, I have health care staff working around the clock.

“I want to assure the public that we are working on this every single day.”

The premier also said the return of primary school will be delayed if the current wave is peaking when children are due to resume classes again in three weeks’ time.

“We will give you more concrete decisions on this over the coming days,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“But I just want to assure parents that is definitely not on the agenda – just sending primary school children unvaccinated to school if we are in the peak of this wave.

“This is a commonsense measure.”

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry reiterated the message that “the best defence against the Covid-19 pandemic is immunisation.”

“I urge Central Queenslanders to follow health advice by adhering to social distancing requirements, maintaining personal hygiene, wearing masks and limiting high-risk interactions with others.

“As we have through the pandemic, the Federal Government continues to follow the medical advice.

“By monitoring the Covid-19 situation, Australia is well placed to respond to the changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Data on Omicron is still emerging, but what we have seen so far both internationally and within Australia is that it is more transmissible than the other variants.

“However, early data has shown that it is less severe than Delta and the other variants, including hospitalisation, ICU admission and death.”

CQ Health’s testing clinic info is available at https://www.health.qld.gov.au/cq/covid-19/fever-clinics.

*Information current as of 2pm, Friday 7 January.