Queensland has recorded six deaths from COVID-19 - the single deadliest day for Queensland during the pandemic - as the Premier lifts domestic border restrictions from 1am Saturday.
Queensland has reported 14,914 cases, 556 people in hospital, 26 in ICU and 10 on ventilators.
Two of the deaths were people in their 70s, three were in their 80s and one in their 90s, chief health officer Dr John Gerrard confirmed.
Three of them were in aged care and all six had significant underlying medical conditions.
Five of the six were double vaccinated, one was unvaccinated and none had received their booster shot.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk offered her condolences to family and friends.
“When you think about, during the whole two years of the pandemic we lost seven people, to lose six in one day is a big shock,” she says.
“Can I please express my deepest sympathies to the families of the loved ones.
“Unfortunately we are in a pandemic, but it’s still a very sad day for these families.”
Of eligible Queenslanders, 91.33 per cent have had their first dose while 88.18 per cent are double-vaxxed.
With Queensland set to hit 90 per cent by the end of the week, Ms Palaszczuk says now is the time for the “barricades to come down” and allow police resources to resume normal duties and off border protection.
“From 1am Saturday, the borders will be coming down, so that means anyone coming domestically across into Queensland, either by our road or by air, they do not have to show that they have had their border pass, they don't have to show that they have had a rapid antigen test," she says.
When the state hits 90 per cent double dosed, restrictions for fully vaccinated international arrivals will also lift.
Unvaccinated international arrivals will be required to quarantine.
Dr Gerrard says from now on, health authorities will simply report deaths of individuals who have had a positive COVID-19 test around the time of their deaths.
“We won’t wait for information from the Coroner and that brings us into line with how other states are reporting,” he says.
Dr Gerrard says it’s difficult to work out what role Covid played in the deaths of patients with complex medical conditions.
Ms Palaszczuk says the Care Army has been activated to help people stuck at home and unable to access essential services, as the Omicron wave peaks in coming weeks.
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