Queensland records 3587 new COVID-19 cases

There are now 112 people in hospital with the virus, five of those in intensive care.

Among those in intensive care are two pregnant women, one who is vaccinated and one who is not.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said it is critical for women who are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their unborn children.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard has not ruled out bringing back a face mask mandate.
Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard has warned pregnant women to get vaccinated. (9News)

He said there was clear evidence the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for pregnant women.

“This is a vastly different disease we are seeing, in severity, to what was seen last year and prior to vaccination,” Dr Gerrard said.

“The issue we are facing is of course that with a degree of contagiousness of this virus, we are going to be seeing very large numbers of cases, even though the severity is clearly going to be less.”

There are about 330 hospital and health care workers confirmed as having COVID-19 in the state, Dr Gerrard said, while 724 are in isolation after becoming a close contact.

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick urged Queenslanders to do three things to protect themselves against the virus – get vaccinated, wear a mask and work from home where possible.

“As we enter a new year, we are entering a new battle against COVID-19,” Mr Dick said.

“For two years our health system and the hard work of Queenslanders has led to a world leading defence against this insidious disease.

“Now we face the challenge of the virus as it continues to make its way through and across Queensland.”

Customers queue for morning coffee at Gigi’s Homestyle Cooking, located at the Rivershed Cafe, Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane on Tuesday 28th December 2021. (Photography by Joe Ruckli for th)
An indoor mask mandate came into effect at 1am today as the state grapples with its first serious wave of COVID-19 infections.

Face coverings are now required in all indoor settings except the family home and some workplaces where it is unsafe.

This includes most workplaces, pubs, clubs and cafes, stadiums, schools and medical waiting rooms.

“The Chief Health Officer has ordered masks be worn indoors everywhere except in the family home and workplaces where it is unsafe,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk wrote on Twitter.

Masks are now mandatory in indoor settings across Queensland. (Getty)
Testing facilities in Queensland are now facing similar demand to New South Wales and Victoria, where 18,278 and 7172 new cases were recorded today respectively.

In Murrarie, testing queues are stretched for kilometres.

Some who tested positive on rapid tests and are now seeking a PCR test have claimed they’ve been told to go home as the line is too long.

Dr Gerrard said if people were being turned away after a positive rapid test, they should isolate and try to get tested at a later date.

He said QR check ins would remain in the state.

“We are reviewing everything all the time – we certainly don’t want to stop using [QR check ins] then reintroduce it,” he said.

“We want to maintain it for the time being.”

This comes after a slight drop in the state’s coronavirus daily cases yesterday, recording 2266 new infections compared to 3118 the day before.

However this decline can be attributed to a change in the way the Sunshine State reports new cases.

Going forward, case numbers will be reported from 7pm to 7pm.

Yesterday’s numbers were from yesterday’s 7am-7pm period.

Of the new cases, 80 people are in hospital and one patient is in ICU.

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