Queensland records another huge increase with 3118 new COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 cases in Queensland has risen again with 3118 new infections overnight.

There are now more than 11,000 active cases across the state, but only one is in the intensive care unit – a man in his 50s who has been given the Delta variant.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said the record number is expected and that they will continue to grow in the coming weeks.

A total of 35,215 tests were conducted across the state in the most recent reporting period.

People are watching fireworks ahead of New Year’s Eve across the Brisbane River at the Southbank in Brisbane last year.
People are watching fireworks ahead of New Year’s Eve across the Brisbane River at Southbank in Brisbane in 2018. (AAP)

Dr. Gerrard said Queenslanders should prepare for tens of thousands of cases in the coming weeks and months.

“I think we will see a significant increase in cases regardless of these changes (made in the National Cabinet yesterday),” he said.

“We expect a very, very large number of cases.”

The CHO also announced that a “very significant” number of rapid antigen tests are arriving in Queensland in the coming days.

Dr. Gerrard said that if you are sick and suffering from cold or flu symptoms, the right test for you is the PCR test.

Despite the onslaught of cases sweeping across Queensland, there are no immediate plans to change the current roadmap, Drs. Gerrard.

“We are not going backwards,” he said.

“We have no plans to deviate from the timetable … we have no plans to change the timetable.”

New Year's Eve parties at Brisbane's South Bank in pre-COVID times.
New Year’s Eve parties at Brisbane’s South Bank in pre-COVID times. (Glenn Hunt)

Yesterday, the state registered 2222 new local cases of COVID-19.

Despite the rise in cases, Queenslanders are expected to show up galore for New Year’s Eve.

Six tonnes of fireworks are scheduled to be lit in Brisbane at 8.30pm and midnight tonight.

Thousands of people are expected to attend fireworks displays in Brisbane and other cities across the state.

People attending South Bank Parklands to see the fireworks do not need to be vaccinated, but they do need to check in.

New Year’s Eve fireworks were canceled in Brisbane last year due to COVID-19 concerns.

Jaclyn Bernstein of New York is lying in confetti after Times Square's New Year's Eve ball fell in Times Square.

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