Queensland has recorded 4249 new COVID-19 cases, with one man in his 30s having died with a “probable” infection.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk offered her sympathies to the family of the man as Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said the death inside his Gold Coast home was abnormal.

“It’s very, very unusual for a young man to die suddenly from COVID-19,” Dr Gerrard said.

Queue at Roma Street Station in Brisbane for pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Queue at Roma Street Station in Brisbane for pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic. (Cameron Atfield)

He said he believed the man had been vaccinated.

“This is not at all what we would typically see of COVID-19 in someone of this age,” he said.

He said a rapid antigen test indicated the man had COVID-19.

“Any death during this pandemic is deeply sad,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

There are 10 people in intensive care, with just one, a man in his 80s, on a ventilator.

A total of 3685 are receiving treatment at home.

Ms Palaszczuk said the state had secured a stockpile of 18 million rapid antigen tests, six million of which will be delivered to the hospital system.

Queensland’s COVID-19 peak coming

Dr Gerrard said yesterday cases could come to a peak quite soon before declining – though he didn’t rule out the possibility of further spikes later in the year.

He said it was due to the contagiousness of the Omicron variant, now the dominant strain in the state.

But currently the state’s health system is struggling under the pressure, with record case numbers of 3587 being recorded yesterday.

With more hospitalisations expected, elective surgeries have been cancelled.

There are 720 healthcare workers currently in isolation, adding to the pressure.

Five people as of this morning are in intensive care with the virus, among them two pregnant women, one of whom is unvaccinated.

Dr Gerrard urged pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant to make sure they got the jab.

He said there was clear evidence the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for pregnant women.

A sign on display advises the public to the requirements of face masks.

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“This is a vastly different disease we are seeing, in severity, to what was seen last year and prior to vaccination,” Dr Gerrard said yesterday.

“The issue we are facing is of course that with a degree of contagiousness of this virus, we are going to be seeing very large numbers of cases, even though the severity is clearly going to be less.”

Source: 9News

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