Qld records nearly 5,700 new cases of COVID-19

Queensland has recorded nearly 5,700 cases of COVID-19 as authorities warn of “hundreds of thousands” of new cases through January.

The 5,699 new cases emerged after 33,312 tests within 24 hours at 6.30 a.m. Tuesday.

Chief health officer John Gerrard said there were 11 people in intensive care, up from 10 on Monday.

Two patients are also on ventilation, as of Monday, with around 170 treated in hospital.

He said the number of cases was rising steadily with 23% of Pathology Queensland tests positive on Monday, but the vaccination is holding the line.

“This is clearly a contagious virus, very contagious, but the good news so far, the good news is that of all these cases, last night we only had 11 patients in intensive care including two were on ventilators, ”Dr Gerrard said Tuesday morning.

“So this disease that we are seeing right now is nothing like the disease that was reported last year both in Australia and abroad due to vaccination, largely due to vaccination. . “

Dr Gerrard warned that the number of cases could reach hundreds of thousands by the end of January.

“The number of cases that we should see until January, early February, will be very high. Certainly in the hundreds of thousands, if not more, very high,” he said.

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