Mon. May 23rd, 2022

Thirteen people have died in Queensland as the state registers 16,031 new COVID-19 cases.

There are 855 people in the hospital being treated for COVID symptoms, of which 54 are in the intensive care unit. 22 people are in fans.

Of the people who died in the most recent reporting period, two were in their 60s, two in their 70s, five in their 80s and one in their 90s.

Two were unvaccinated, one had a single dose of vaccine, eight were double-dosed and only one had a booster.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said booster shots significantly reduced the risk of hospitalizations and urged anyone eligible to get their third shot as soon as possible.

“I just want to make something very clear so there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that if it were not for the extensive vaccination in Queensland, today we would not be talking about 855 people in the hospital, we would be talking about thousands of people,” he said. said.

“Almost certainly our hospital system would be overwhelmed now.

COVID booster shots will be available sooner

The Prime Minister has announced that from Monday, Queenslanders will be eligible for their booster shot of a COVID vaccine three months after their second.

“Our pharmacists will be prepared, our GPs will be prepared, our health centers will be prepared,” she said.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speaks to journalists
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk held a media conference Friday morning to provide the latest COVID update.(ABC News)

Ms Palaszczuk said 1.5 million rapid antigen tests (RAT) had arrived in the state and a further 2 million would arrive in “the next few weeks”.

She said they would go to health services and health test centers for staff and the public.

Check-in app will not be dropped

Mrs Palaszczuk has rejected calls to drop mandatory check-in at venues.

Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate both asked the state government to reconsider the rules, claiming it was an imposition on both the public and businesses.

“We are going through a wave at the moment,” she said.

“We’re going to peak in the next two weeks.”

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