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Queensland records 186 new Covid cases causing extension of mask mandate

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Queensland has recorded its highest number of Covid cases in a 24-hour period since the pandemic started, 186.

Resulting in the Premier announcing an extension of the mask mandate.

Starting from 5 am Thursday, masks will be mandatory in cinemas and theatres, and for hospitality staff – who are going from table to table.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said the virus was spreading rapidly through the state but there was no superspreader event responsible for the increase in cases.

“This is a substantial increase from yesterday and not surprising,” he said.

“Most of the patients I’ve seen with Omicron have had trivial symptoms. It appears the vaccines are working effectively”

“The more we learn, the more we are assured the vaccines are effective in limiting severe disease.

There are 447 active cases, with one in intensive care as a precaution and 79 confirmed cases of Omicron.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the fact none of Queensland’s current Covid patients were in a serious condition proved vaccines were working.

“The vaccines appear to be working and they are protecting Queenslanders from getting seriously sick,” she said.

“Our projections are the numbers are going to escalate very quickly unless we do something like go back to wearing masks.”

There have been more than 34,000 tests in the past 24 hours and 89.94 per cent of Queenslanders have had one dose.

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Emily Stack
Emily Stack
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