The Omicron wave killed six people overnight in Queensland – the deadliest day of the state epidemic so far – with 14,914 new coyote cases recorded.
The deaths were all people between the ages of 70 and 90, with all the underlying conditions, taking the state’s death toll to 17.
“When you think of the whole two years … there are six big shocks in one day,” said Premier Anastasia Plaszczak.
“It’s very embarrassing.”
The latest figures include 2,800 positive rapid antigen tests – down from Wednesday’s 3985 RAT.
Health officials predict that the virus will have at least two weeks to reach its peak in early January to late February.
Thursday’s update comes as various industries are tied to the pressure of staff shortages, while hesitant consumers are reluctant to go to stores again.
The top business bodies claim more than half of Queensland’s business community In recent weeks, there has been some form of staff shortage Keeps employees locked up at home as isolation measures and testing requirements.
Said Amanda Rohan, general manager of policy and advocacy at the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Courier mail That businesses were at a “crunch point”, while the lack of rapid antigen testing was exacerbating the situation.
“CCIQ has been asking businesses for months and long before the borders are reopened for businesses to have clarity and certainty about access to rapid antigen testing as a first line of defense for their employees and to help them plan for a workforce, return to work and ongoing recovery.” Rohan said.
Queensland confirmed last week that it had ordered 18 million RAT tests – 12 million of which would be able to be used at home – as it signaled a move away from stricter PCR tests to reduce pressure on the health system.
Although the supply of tests at home is relatively limited, retailers are also struggling to sustain demand as RATs become increasingly important for isolation and testing regulations.
Queensland now includes positive RATs in its daily statistics, encouraging tests for people with symptoms, as well as people identified as close contact, and people who need negative results to get out of isolation.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath on Wednesday signaled that the state would push for more RAT tests from the federal government as the inbound delivery of 1 million RATs alone would put pressure on public clinics.
Half of these federally supplied tests – which are expected to arrive next week – will be point-of-care kits that require health care inspectors.