Queensland records 6,781 new Covid-19 cases- as health chief says the most people will have ‘mild’ symptoms
- Covid cases have risen again in Queensland with 265 people in hospital
- Sunshine State recorded 6,781 new cases up from 5,699 detected on Tuesday
Queensland has recorded 6,781 new Covid-19 cases, a significant uptick from the 5,699 cases detected on Tuesday.
There are now 32,000 active cases across the Sunshine State, but health authorities say that figure is much higher due to queues at testing clinics and test wait times.
There are currently 265 people in hospital with the virus and only 10 patients in ICU, a positive sign the number of admissions is remaining steady.
The rise in cases comes as huge lines form at Queensland Health testing clinics for a second consecutive day after a number of private hubs remained shut on Wednesday.
At least 17 private testing clinics failed to open as planned on Tuesday morning, putting public hubs under pressure.
It is understood two QML testing sites, at Boondall in northern Brisbane and Robina on the Gold Coast, have again closed on Wednesday.
Queensland Health said it didn’t have information about which private clinics were shut or on the waiting times at public clinics run by individual hospital and health services.
‘It’s really important to highlight the spread of the virus and that of course, we will see an increase in testing as a result of how infectious Omicron is,’ a spokesman told AAP.
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said a ‘significant’ number of people were lining up and queueing in traffic for tests in the southeast, where temperatures are set to reach 29C.
‘But what we’re asking, of course, is that the community try and exercise patience,’ he told ABC Radio on Wednesday morning.
‘As I said, those people I saw this morning are probably in for a long wait, and it’s pretty hot. It’s important they get tested but they need to exercise patience.’
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath on Tuesday said it was extremely hard to ramp up capacity at public clinics because staff would need to be taken out of hospitals.
Ms D’ath expressed frustration at private clinics that did not advise the government they would be opening late meaning dozens queued for up to seven hours for a test.