Queensland recorded six COVID-19 deaths, with about 15,000 new cases after the border change was announced.

Queensland has recorded six COVID-19 deaths and confirmed 14,914 new cases.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerard said three of the dead were in residential elderly care.

Two of the dead were 70 years old, three were 80 years old and one was over 90 years old.

“Everyone had significant underlying medical conditions,” he said.

Five were given double vaccinations, one was not vaccinated and no one received a booster shot.

This is the highest number of COVID deaths recorded in Queensland in a single day, with 17 deaths since the epidemic began nearly two years ago.

Premier Anastasia Palaschuk said it would be a “very difficult time” for the bereaved families.

“Can I express my deepest sympathy,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“These are the people who make people grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles.”

Premier said 556 people are being treated at the hospital for their symptoms and of those, 26 are in intensive care units. There are 10 people on the ventilator.

Of the 14,914 new cases recorded during the last reporting period, 2,812 positive cases were confirmed by house-to-house rapid antigen testing.

Changes in border rules

The Premier has announced that Queensland will no longer require a negative COVID test for domestic travelers and will fill a border pass before entering the state on Saturday morning.

The state hit 90 percent of those double-dose vaccines due to the removal of those requirements but will now remove them soon.

“Now it’s time for the barricades to come down, and for the police to return home, to continue their normal operational duties on the front lines,” Ms Plaszczuk said.

“Now is the right time as we move toward 90 percent next week.”

International sanctions will remain in place until the state meets the 90 percent vaccination target.

Social restrictions will remain in place for those who have not been vaccinated, and will not change once the state reaches its target.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath also called the government’s decision to allow unvaccinated health workers to return to work “inaccurate” on social media.

“We are not planning, nor are we welcoming unvaccinated health workers back into the health system,” she said.

More to come.


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