Queensland Covid cases hit 18,000 cases prompting Annastacia Palaszczuk to push back school year


Annastacia Palaszczuk DELAYS the start of the school term as Queensland’s Covid cases climb to 18,000 – amid warning ‘the REAL’ infection number is MUCH higher

  • Queensland’s Covid cases skyrocketed to 18,000 on Sunday
  • Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced school year to be delayed two weeks
  • Daily figures now include self reporting of rapid tests through online portal 


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Queensland‘s Covid cases skyrocketed to 18,000 on Sunday as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the school year would be delayed an extra two weeks. 

The state’s health department confirmed there are now 402 people in hospital fighting Covid, with 22 in intensive care and five on ventilators.

The new figure comes as QLD have started including rapid antigen results in daily numbers. 

Ms Palaszczuk also confirmed the new school year would be pushed back two weeks to February 7 as concerns mount over sending children back to the classrooms. 

‘The projections are at the moment that NSW and Victoria will reach their peaks before Queensland,’ she said 

‘Queensland will face its biggest test over the next two weeks.’ 

Queensland 's Covid cases skyrocketed to 18,000 on Sunday as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the school year would be delayed an extra two weeks

Queensland 's Covid cases skyrocketed to 18,000 on Sunday as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the school year would be delayed an extra two weeks

Queensland ‘s Covid cases skyrocketed to 18,000 on Sunday as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the school year would be delayed an extra two weeks

Ms Palaszczuk also confirmed the new school year would be pushed back two weeks to February 7 as concerns mount over sending children back to the classrooms

Ms Palaszczuk also confirmed the new school year would be pushed back two weeks to February 7 as concerns mount over sending children back to the classrooms

Ms Palaszczuk also confirmed the new school year would be pushed back two weeks to February 7 as concerns mount over sending children back to the classrooms

Ms Palaszczuk called an emergency state disaster meeting on Sunday to discuss the damage done by wild storms that have thrashed the state this week, as well as QLD’s response to increasing infections.

Schools will remain open from January 24 as originally planned but only for vulnerable kids or children of essential workers.  

‘It’s sensible and reasonable to keep kids home from school during this time,’ the premier said. 

‘Delaying the start of school is a common sense measure which is particularly important for 5 to 11-year-olds who will be eligible to be vaccinated from tomorrow (10 January).’

Teachers will remain under full pay in the extended period classes are delayed.  

Ms Palaszczuk said cases are set to peak over the two-week period at the end of January and the start of February. 

Remote learning will begin for Year 11 and 12 students from January 31.  

Ms Palaszczuk called an emergency state disaster meeting on Sunday to discuss the damage done by wild storms that have thrashed the state this week

Ms Palaszczuk called an emergency state disaster meeting on Sunday to discuss the damage done by wild storms that have thrashed the state this week

Ms Palaszczuk called an emergency state disaster meeting on Sunday to discuss the damage done by wild storms that have thrashed the state this week

The state confirmed there are now 402 people in hospital fighting Covid, with 22 in intensive care and five on ventilators

The state confirmed there are now 402 people in hospital fighting Covid, with 22 in intensive care and five on ventilators

The state confirmed there are now 402 people in hospital fighting Covid, with 22 in intensive care and five on ventilators

It is the fourth consecutive day the state has recorded new infections north of 10,000, largely due to the online reporting of positive RAT tests.

Victorian began including its rapid tests in daily figures on Saturday, with cases rising from 21,728 to 51,356 as a result. 

‘Queensland Health will use your information for outbreak control and contact tracing use,’ the state’s health body says on its website.

‘We won’t use your information for any other purpose unless authorised by law.’ 

There were 4,320 positive RAT results included in today’s statistics. 

It is the fourth consecutive day QLD has recorded new infections north of 10,000, largely due to the online reporting of positive RAT tests

It is the fourth consecutive day QLD has recorded new infections north of 10,000, largely due to the online reporting of positive RAT tests

It is the fourth consecutive day QLD has recorded new infections north of 10,000, largely due to the online reporting of positive RAT tests

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said all critical workers are allowed to leave isolation to work if they are asymptomatic, test negative, are vaccinated and leave via private transport. 

She designated health, teachers, freight and logistics, utility, agriculture and fishery workers as ‘critical’ employees. 

‘I’m sure employers will be working with their staff to ensure that only those who are able to come to work, who meet the criteria, who are close contacts, come to work,’ Ms D’Ath said.  

The health minister said businesses have to inform officials of their list of critical workers so they can keep track of the potential spread of the virus, but the demand for stock in supermarkets meant allowing people to work was crucial. 

‘Those businesses will have to submit to government the list of critical essential workers. It doesn’t need an approval process and they do not need to wait until they’ve sent us that list to start operating,’ she said.

‘We have empty shelves in supermarkets right now because of the number of people in the community who are positive, but importantly, how many people have to quarantine because they are a close contact.’

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