Queensland has set another COVID-19 high, with the number of daily cases across the state climbing to 2222.
The number of active cases has risen to 8586, with 35,179 people being tested in the most recent 24-hour reporting period.
Omicron continues to be the dominant strain of the virus, accounting for almost 80 per cent of the state’s identified cases.
On Wednesday, Queensland had recorded 1589 new cases, 6368 active infections.
Despite the steadily growing number of cases, no patients are being treated in ICU.
The rise in numbers comes as Queensland eases the requirements for interstate visitors to enter the state.
Chief Health Officer John Gerrard has warned that while the current caseload may seem high, within weeks the number of infections would be in the “tens of thousands”.
“That’s what a pandemic is about — very large numbers of cases,” Dr Gerrard said.
“But the good thing is the vaccines are working and they have been clearly demonstrated to work.
“For those people who have not yet received their third dose … it is critical if you can go out and get that, that third dose of vaccine.”
Dr Gerrard warned thousands of Queenslanders can expect to test positive in coming weeks.
“The number of people we expect to get infected with the virus is very large,” he said.
“We are not going to stop the Omicron virus.”
He said most people who contract the virus would not fall critically ill.
“It definitely seems to be milder, not trivial but a little bit milder,” he said.
For Queenslanders who are vaccinated, virus symptoms are likely to be mild and could be managed at home.
“We continue to receive reports of people, as soon as they receive the message that they have COVID-19, calling triple O or calling an ambulance to bring them to the emergency department or presenting straight up to the emergency department — even if they have just mild symptoms,” Dr Gerrard said.
“I must emphasise the majority of us will have mild symptoms if and when we get this infection because in the next few weeks, all of us will know somebody who has and there’s a good chance that we may well ourselves get it.”
The new figures come as Australia’s political leaders meet at a hastily convened national cabinet to redefine what constitutes a COVID-19 close contact, and establish parameters for the use of rapid antigen tests.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the emergency meeting for Thursday, bringing the scheduled forum forward by a week.