Queensland has recorded 765 new cases overnight — another daily case record — with 151 of those cases confirmed as the Omicron strain, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath says.
There were 33,971 tests recorded and there was now 2,147 active cases in the state.
There are only five people being treated in hospital due to mild and moderate symptoms from the virus.
Ms D’Ath said a person who was being treated in an intensive care unit has now been moved out.
There has been 90.36 per cent of eligible Queenslanders aged 16 and over who have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 85.88 per cent are double vaccinated.
Ms D’Ath said the number of people in quarantine had decreased and she understood the challenges of spending Christmas in isolation.
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“We only have 650 people who are formally in quarantine, which is in fact much smaller than we’ve had in the past, and that shows the changes around the rule of casual versus close contact,” she said.
“But we thank those 650 people who are in quarantine, who are probably missing time with family and friends today.
“We know it’s difficult but we are so grateful for what you’re doing, and I just want to reinforce [that to] all those people interstate who have done the right thing and got their PCR tests.”
Ms D’Ath expressed her gratitude to Queenslanders after a challenging year.
“We know it’s been a really, really tough year and I just want to take a moment to say thank you to all of the hard work of all Queenslanders coming together as a community and keeping us safe,” she said.
“We’ve all prepared for the last two years for these cases to come in Queensland. Today is no different. There are definitely more cases.
“But because of the great work of Queenslanders coming out, today our hospitalisation rates still remain very low.”
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Ms D’Ath had this Christmas message for Queenslanders:
“Merry Christmas, everyone, stay safe — please just remember your masks, social distancing, good hygiene — all the things we’ve been doing for two years,” she said.
“It’ll help keep us safe and slow down the spread of this virus.
“Again, thank you to our health workers who are doing such an incredible job. And I know we have a big 2022 coming up. I’m so grateful for the amazing work we’ve been doing.”