Queensland has 19,709 new cases, six fatalities and more than 640 COVID patients being treated in hospitals as the state wakes up to an open border.
The six fatalities, which has doubled since Friday’s three reported deaths, included a person aged in their 20’s, one in their 70’s, two in their 80’s and one in their 90’s.
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Of the almost 20,000 new cases, 6087 reported were taken from RATs.
There has been a slight increase in ICU numbers, with 46 patients being treated – an additional five patients from Friday’s 41. There are more than 640 hospitalisations across the state.
“We extend our sympathies to people who have lost loved ones in their life – any death is a tragedy and to experience it during a pandemic is heartbreaking,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Friday.
The state now has 187,037 active cases to manage.
Of the eligible population, 91.48 per cent have received their first COVID jab and 88.51 per cent are fully vaxxed.
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On Friday, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the five to 11-year-old vaccination rates were “great”.
“In the first three days, we have had 5.96 per cent of all five to 11-year-olds in Queensland vaccinated. So, almost 6 per cent in just three days,” she said.
“We know that number is going to grow as our pharmacies and GPs are able to come online as they get the vaccine supply delivered to them.
“We’ve got 45,267 young people, (aged) five to 11, booked in for appointments from today forward at our state clinics. That is great – keep coming forward.”
However, 12 to 15-year-old vaccination rates were slumping behind.
“I do want to say that our 12 to 15-year-olds are not at the same high-rate as our adult population of 16 plus,” Dr D’Ath said.
“So if you haven’t gotten your teenager vaccinated or they are eligible for their second boost and you might have delayed it because of the Christmas break – please come and get that vaccination as soon as they’re eligible.”
The figures come one day after the state recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic, with the state expected to hit its 90 per cent double vaccination milestone as early as next week.