News Coronavirus Quarantine rules ease, 86 new cases in Qld

Quarantine rules ease, 86 new cases in Qld

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"If you are unvaccinated, you are nine times more likely to end up in hospital," Dr Gerrard says. Photo: Getty
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The quarantine period has been halved for fully vaccinated close contacts of COVID-19 cases in Queensland, as the state records 86 new infections.

The mandatory quarantine period will move from 14 to seven days from Wednesday, in a move Deputy Premier Steven Miles hopes will help businesses handle the festive trade.

“That will greatly reduce the impact on individuals as well as on businesses when they have a COVID positive case,” he said on Tuesday.

As daily cases approach triple figures, Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said the trend was following a pattern of roughly doubling every 48 hours.

A total of 75 of the state’s 269 active cases are being treated in hospital, with one in intensive care.

The majority of patients are experiencing “minimal symptoms” and the woman in intensive care has been admitted “mainly” because of other medical conditions, Dr Gerrard said.

“We’re seeing about two cases of Omicron diagnosed for every one case of Delta,” he said.

“Omicron has become the dominant virus here in Queensland.”

Of the new cases reported on Tuesday, 12 are contacts of known cases, six are related to interstate travel and 67 are under investigation.

One new overseas-acquired case was also recorded.