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Queensland’s daily COVID-19 numbers continue to jump substantially with 369 new Infections recorded, up from 186 the previous day.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said case numbers will continue to rise as the more infectious Omicron variant spreads throughout the state.

“We will see an escalation of cases, like we are seeing in other states,” she said from the Gold Coast on Thursday.

It comes as a new mandate is enforced in the state, with mask requirements for theatres and cinemas as well as workers in hospitality venues.

Ms Palaszczuk is pleading with Queenslanders to go beyond the mandated rules and wear masks when inside public areas.

“When you are going indoors, please mask up,” Ms Palaszczuk.

The tighter rules follow the state hitting the 90 per cent threshold for first-dose vaccinations on Wednesday, according to federal government data.

At least 85.3 per cent of eligible residents aged over 16 are now fully vaccinated with modelling suggesting Queensland will hit 90 per cent double-dosed in early-to-mid January.

Despite the day-on-day jump in cases, Chief Medical Officer John Gerrard said only one patient was in ICU.

Another 93 cases are being managed in hospitals, and 163 in home quarantine.

“We’re not going to stop (the virus), we’re going to just try and slow it down a little bit to enable people to get those doses. So we don’t expect to stop it,” Dr Gerrard said.

– AAP

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