Queenslander in their 20s dies with COVID-19, 19,709 cases recorded

a Queenslander They died in their twenties COVID-19 While the state recorded 19,709 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Health Minister Yvette Dath said 6,087 of the cases had been reported with positive rapid antigen test results.

Six people have died after testing positive for the virus, including a person in his twenties.

A person in his 20s has died of COVID-19 in Queensland.
A person in his 20s has died of COVID-19 in Queensland. (9 news)

Chief Medical Officer Dr John Gerrard said there are 649 people in hospital, including 46 in the intensive care unit, and 14 of them have been ventilated.

“There was a 10 per cent increase in Queensland hospitals in the previous 24 hours to 7pm last night,” he said.

“We will continue to see that increase over the next two to three weeks.”

“There’s probably a good chance that this will be the beginning of the last increase before we peak sometime in the next few weeks.”

Aged care facilities across Australia are facing the coronavirus outbreak and staff shortages.
Some aged care facilities in Queensland have closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Getty Images/Mascott)

Ms Dath addressed the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in residential aged care facilities and among aged care workers.

She added that some facilities were closing due to the outbreak and asked families to understand why they could not visit her.

“We are asking the families to understand why this is happening,” she said.

“Any measures that those facilities take are trying to reduce the risk of exposure for those who have not yet contracted the virus.”

At least one aged care facility has a large number of COVID-19 cases among staff and has reached out to the state government for support.

It comes as Queensland border checkpoints were demolished overnight to allow free interstate travel for the first time in nearly two years.

The border checkpoints blocking Queensland from the rest of Australia have been demolished.
The border checkpoints blocking Queensland from the rest of Australia have been demolished. (9 news)

Anyone coming to Queensland, either by road or by air locally, no longer needs to show a border pass or a rapid antigen test.

However, the government will maintain a mandate that requires people to be fully vaccinated so that they can enter events and venues.

There has been a steady increase in hospitalization in the state, chief health officer Dr. John Gerrard said yesterday.

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“There is a steady increase in the number of patients in hospital, not an explosive increase,” he said.

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