Queensland records 11,174 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths – as state unveils major changes to RAT testing and braces for an even bigger jump in days to come
The state reported 11,174 Covid-19 infections on Saturday, as officials warned of a spike in the number of cases in Queensland in the coming days.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ethe confirmed that the state’s rapid antigen test self-report system has gone live on the Queensland health website, adding to the rise in cases.
He encouraged residents who are unable to self-report online and call the 134 health hotline for assistance via phone.
Queensland has recorded 11,174 COVID-19 infections including two deaths on Saturday (pictured, health workers attend a COVID-19 testing site in Brisbane)
The state is on high alert as it announced two more deaths on Saturday, taking the Covid-19 death toll to 10.
One of the deaths was a non-vaccinated man from Brisbane who died in his home on January 5, while the other person was from the Gold Coast.
Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard confirmed that the deaths were probably the result of a rare complication known as Myocarditis or heart infection.
More than 3,505 frontline health workers have either tested positive for the virus or are in isolation with Mr Gerard warning that the hospital’s case load was ‘creeping’.
“Our biggest issue in hospitals at the moment is the number of staff who are either in quarantine because they are in contact or are in isolation because they themselves have the virus,” he said.
‘Often, the staff is not catching the virus from the patients they are catching it in the community like the rest of us.’
A statewide suspension has been imposed on all Category Three and some Category Two elective surgeries to help ease pressure on Queensland hospitals.
‘This is what we have to do,’ said Ms D’Eth.
‘With cases rising across the community, our plan will mean that we will redirect to manage health services.’