Queensland has recorded another 22,069 COVID-19 cases with the state’s outbreak spreading to all but two local government areas.
The new cases emerged after 57,604 tests in the 24 hours to 6.30 am on Wednesday, taking the total number of active cases in the state to 130,947.
Chief Health Officer John Gerrard says there are now 525 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals, with 30 in intensive care and eight patients on a ventilator.
He says it is evident from clinical data on more than 500 patients that vaccination, especially boosters, provides people with good protection from the virus.
“If you are unvaccinated, you are nine times more likely to end up in hospital than if you have received a boosted vaccination, that is three doses of vaccine,” Dr Gerrard told reporters on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said 3985 of the new cases emerged after home rapid antigen test results reported by individuals.
She said there were no plans to penalise or fine people for failing to report positive RAT results like NSW is proposing.
“The question for NSW is how are they going to actually monitor that?” she said.
“How do you know someone’s got a positive test in a home kit, at home, and haven’t reported?
“You know, are you going to start asking people in the household to start dobbing them in? I just don’t know how they’re going to monitor it.”