Queensland has recorded 16 COVID-19 deaths and 15,962 new cases as the government moved to limit emergency department visitors as the state’s outbreak grows.
The new virus cases emerged after 32,506 tests across Queensland in the 24 hours as of 6.30am on Tuesday.
There are 819 patients being treated for COVID-19 in hospital and another 50 in intensive care, with 18 people on ventilators.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said only one of the 45 virus deaths recorded since mid-December had received a booster shot.
“I want to point out that out of those 45 deaths, only one person received a booster shot, and if I may … for anyone to do something today to prioritize getting your booster shot, especially if you are old and vulnerable,” she said. told reporters.
“Please step forward and grab your booster. We know it makes a difference.
Ms D’Ath also said that from Tuesday only two visitors will be allowed to visit hospital emergency departments at any one time, in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus in and from facilities. health.
“We have had reports from hospitals and health departments that they are seeing large groups of family members entering the emergency department together,” she said.
“We really need to reduce the number of people entering our EDS and moving through our departments.”
The latest figures show that 91.59% of eligible Queenslanders have received one dose of the vaccine, while 88.72% have received two.