Annastacia Palaszczuk goes to war on Scott Morrison as Queensland records 20,466 new Covid cases


Queensland records 20,466 new Covid-19 cases and one death as premier Annastacia Palaszczuk calls out prime minister Scott Morrison for criticising her decision to postpone the start of school

  • Ms Palaszczuk has delayed the start of school by two weeks to February 7
  • The Prime Minister said the delay would only delay the rise of the Omicron strain
  • Queensland’s top doctor meanwhile warned hospitalisations are on the rise 


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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called out Prime Minister Scott Morrison as students prepare to head back to school – as the Sunshine State records 20,466 new Covid-19 cases.

Ms Palaszczuk rejected Mr Morrison’s comments that delaying the return to the classroom would only delay the peak of the Omicron strain.

She denied that his comments were correct and declared she ‘acted on health advice’ when she pushed back the starting date of the school term by two weeks. 

Her comments come as one Queenslander with the virus died. The man was aged in his 70s and had other medical complications.

There are 502 people in hospitals around the state, up from 419 on Monday, and 27 in ICU. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called out Prime Minister Scott Morrison as students prepare to return to the classroom

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called out Prime Minister Scott Morrison as students prepare to return to the classroom

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called out Prime Minister Scott Morrison as students prepare to return to the classroom

Ms Palaszczuk defended the decision to push back the school start date by two weeks

Ms Palaszczuk defended the decision to push back the school start date by two weeks

Ms Palaszczuk defended the decision to push back the school start date by two weeks

Queensland students will now return to the classroom on February 7, two weeks after the planned January 24 date.

The decision was made to allow more time for those aged between five and 11 to get vaccinated. 

‘As we see the omicron wave rise, I mean, sometimes you do things which just pushes the wave further out,’ Mr Morrison said.

The Queensland premier remained firm and said her decision was made to keep children safer as cases continue to skyrocket.

Queensland recorded 20,466 new cases on Tuesday with the state's top doctor warning hospitalisations are on the rise

Queensland recorded 20,466 new cases on Tuesday with the state's top doctor warning hospitalisations are on the rise

Queensland recorded 20,466 new cases on Tuesday with the state’s top doctor warning hospitalisations are on the rise

‘We don’t want children to miss out on learning, which is why that extra week has been added,’ she said on Monday.

‘But we also want to make sure that our children get vaccinated.’ 

Meanwhile Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard has warned hospitalisations in the state are ‘beginning to escalate’.

‘The plateau of cases in hospital will be a week or so after that plateau in the community,’ he said adding the worst spots were the Gold Coast, southern Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. 

Dr Gerrard expects the next three weeks will bring the largest spike of patients being admitted to hospital.

More to come 

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