Queensland confirms two more COVID-related deaths, 11,174 new confirmed cases

A man in his 30s died “unexpectedly” in the home on January 5 after contracting COVID-19, confirms Queensland’s Chief Health Officer John Gerrard.

“The forensic doctor has reported to us that the cause of his death was related to COVID-19. I can also confirm that he was unvaccinated,” said Dr. Gerrard.

He said the death of another man on the Gold Coast had also been attributed to COVID-19.

Queensland confirmed 11,174 new COVID-19 cases in the most recent reporting period.

Dr. Gerrard said the deaths of young people from COVID-19 were “rare and particularly unexpected”.

“The most common cause of sudden death in adolescents relates to heart virus infection, myocarditis, and it is the probable cause in both of these individuals.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath announced a nationwide suspension of non-urgent elective surgery at public hospitals in Queensland.

“It’s category three and a category two operation,” she said.

“Many of the hospitals and health services have already launched this at the local level over the last few days, but now we are launching this as a nationwide initiative for our public hospitals.”

Mrs D’Ath said there were 349 COVID-positive people in hospitals in Queensland, 17 of whom were in intensive care and three in respirators.

.Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath, with CHO John Gerrard in the background, speaks during a press conference
Yvette D’Ath says one in three people taking a PCR test is getting positive for COVID-19.(AAP: Jono Searle)

Dr. Gerrard said the caseload of hospitals was “creepy.”

“Our biggest problem in hospitals at the moment is the number of staff who are either going to be quarantined because they are contacts or in isolation because they themselves have the virus,” he said.

“Often staff do not catch the virus from patients, they catch it in the community just like the rest of us.”

Ms D’Ath said one in three people tested within the last 24 hours turned out to be positive.

“It shows you the rate of infection that is spreading in the community, and we know there are many more people out there who have done a rapid antigen test (RAT), or [who] has not been put to the test at all at this time. “

It is no longer a requirement for Queenslanders to get a PCR test if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

However, Mrs D’Ath urged anyone who had tested positive for COVID-9 with a RAT kit to do so. record this result through the Queensland Health website.

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