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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Queensland records four more COVID-19 deaths and 7,311 new cases

Queensland has recorded four deaths from COVID-19, with three of those in residential aged care, and 7,311 new cases in the latest reporting period, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

Hospitalisations have dropped, with 496 people receiving medical treatment — down from 508 yesterday.

There are 45 patients in intensive care.

The case numbers include testing results from Saturday, after technical issues caused delays in data collection.

Queensland Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said the number of hospitalisations had halved in recent weeks.

“Just 19 days ago, we were at our peak of 928 patients, so in 19 days we have halved the number of people that are in our hospitals,” Dr. Gerrard said.

“Clearly we’re well on track to be coming to the end of this wave of infection.”

Dr Gerrard said health authorities were pleased to see hospitalisations dropping, as Queensland moved past the Omicron peak.

“Things are going far better than we had ever projected in terms of the COVID wave, this Omicron wave, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks,” Dr Gerrard said.

Nearly a week on from when the school term resumed, a clearer picture is also emerging of the impact on Queensland’s student population.

“We’re averaging about between 1,000 and 1,500 children formally diagnosed with COVID per day across the state – almost all of whom have a very mild disease,” Dr Gerrard said.

“Of those children, roughly half are in the primary school age between five and 11, and the other half in the secondary school age between 12 and 17.

“Today we have 652 positive RATs … in children, which is down slightly from yesterday.

“It is very early. It would be a very big surprise if we don’t see a significant increase in the number of cases in children in the next couple of weeks, but so far not a significant rise.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath thanked parents for bringing their children forward to get tested.

Yvette D’Ath offered her condolences to the families of the four COVID-19 patients who lost their lives.,ABC News,

“That means that we’ll have less spread in the schools because parents are doing the right thing,” she said.

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