- Queensland is implementing new COVID-19 restrictions.
- Other states and territories are experiencing rising numbers.
- Some health professionals are calling for other states and territories to follow suit and also implement restrictions.
Case numbers have increased since the weekend with the BQ.1 variant – which has swept Europe and the US – spreading in northern Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
“This provides significant protection against the virus and provides the best chance of preventing serious illness,” Ms D’Ath said.
Dr Gerrard can still legally order infected people to isolate, and close contacts to quarantine and mandate face masks and vaccination in health facilities for another 12 months.
Will other states follow?
“As of last week, the effective reproduction number for Australia was 1.11, representing a 23-day doubling time for case numbers – just in time for Christmas.”
The Victorian Department of Health released a video on Twitter on Thursday saying that Victoria is entering a new COVID wave.
The NSW government has also warned residents of rising COVID cases. NSW Health released a video on Twitter this week warning of changing variants in the state.
“We believe COVID cases will rise in the coming weeks,” NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.