State registers 9,581 new COVID cases but more lab results are yet to come

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“About half – 11 out of 21 – and about a quarter of these service admissions are currently on the Gold Coast.

“It looks like at the time the push is probably happening on the Gold Coast.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with Chief Medical Officer of Health John Gerrard.Credit:Getty Images

Dr Gerrard said of the 11 people in intensive care, six were not vaccinated.

He said the increase was not surprising, given the sheer number of interstate visitors to the region, which would lead to seeding events.

The Gold Coast’s vaccination rate was among the lowest in south-eastern Queensland, prompting Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk to once again urge locals to get vaccinated.

“There are a lot of people who come from other states and Queenslanders always did the right thing and wore masks.

“But, unfortunately, I think when people feel like they’re on vacation, they think they don’t have to comply with these safeguards,” she said.

“… Gold Coast is just below the state average – it’s not far, but really for a tourist destination, I would have loved to see the Gold Coast at around 95 percent, which we see in the inner area of ​​Brisbane.

“Even Cairns is now at 92.6 percent.”

Across Queensland, 90% of cases are the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The report of new positive cases comes as children aged five to 11 were able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Monday.

About 800 children will be vaccinated at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center on Monday, Palaszczuk said.

As Queensland recorded 18,000 cases with more than 80,000 active infections on Sunday, Ms Palaszczuk announced that schools would be closed for two more weeks, with the first quarter of 2022 starting on February 7 instead of January 24.

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