Queensland COVID daily cases push national total towards 130K

Queensland has seen three more COVID deaths, all from unvaccinated persons (two were people in their 70s and one was in their 60s), and nearly 24,000 new cases, taking the total national new case for today towards the 130,000 level.

The peak is not yet in according to Queensland CHO Dr John Gerrard:

That’s the question on all of our lips at the moment. You would have seen in the media this morning that New South Wales believes that they are at their peak.

“Our modelling is suggesting that Queensland in general is about two weeks behind New South Wales. But different areas will be reaching their peak at different times in Queensland because we’re a more decentralised state.

“The most useful things to look at will be hospitalisation rates rather than the numbers of cases.

“And we’re looking at those closely every day. And it’s when the hospitalisation rates start to steady. And Gold Coast has been relatively steady for a day or two, but you can’t read too much into a day or two worth of data.

 

A few more updates via the ABC:

Tasmania: 1,201 new cases (852 from rapid antigen tests), 10 people in hospital, 0 people in ICU, 0 deaths

ACT: 1,125 new cases (240 from rapid antigen tests) 27 people in hospital, three in ICU, three people ventilated

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  1. Arthur Schopenhauer

    Gold, gold, gold! For Australia! 🇦🇺 🇦🇺🇦🇺

    Let it rip! Let it rip! Let it rip!

    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi!

    🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

  2. blindjusticeMEMBER

    Long covid

    https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20210423/covid-study-deaths-months-after-infection

    For the Nature study, researchers examined more than 87,000 COVID-19 patients and nearly 5 million control patients in a federal database. They found COVID-19 patients had a 59% higher risk of death up to 6 months after infection, compared to non-infected people.

    Those findings translate into about eight extra deaths per 1,000 patients over 6 months, because many deaths caused by long-term COVID complications are not recorded as COVID-19 deaths, the researchers said. Among patients who were hospitalized and died after more than 30 days, there were 29 excess deaths per 1,000 patients over 6 months.

      • Professor Ehud Qimron, head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University and one of the leading Israeli immunologists. Presumably a credible guy. Said pretty much everything about the Israeli (and worldwide) Covid response has been wrong. Lockdowns, vaccines, coercion etc. He seems pretty upset.

        • Oh it just sounded like a rant, yet he does not say what he wants. And that is what I was trying to understand.

  3. Well screw it.

    Wife positive
    Son positive
    I still get to go to work as my RAT is negative and essential worker and the system is in crisis….

    So now I have to cancel our first holiday away for 2 years – was heading north on Monday.

      • Thanks, yeah they are fine. Netflix and Binge.

        Because the system is in crisis (again) & because we are short staffed (again), I’m off to work again as I am still RAT negative. Direct to work & direct home.
        “Oh and you can’t have a break in the staff room as staff won’t have masks in there. So can you eat in your car or something?”

        • One of the many things I won’t miss when I finish here is that all the lunch rooms have been closed and shared amenities removed. I hate eating lunch at my desk.

    • Yes. But patients with febrile neutropenia and otherwise immunosuppressed won’t appreciate that. So we get regular tests.