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Australia: Qld records 13 COVID deaths overnight as booster window shortens

Queensland opens up as state records 14,914 Covid cases

  Queensland opens up as state records 14,914 Covid cases All domestic border restrictions will be removed in Queensland after the state suffered 14,914 new Covid cases and six deaths.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that as of 1am on Saturday the rules around entering the state would be lifted for domestic travellers with restrictions on hot spots no longer applying.

Another 13 people have died from COVID in Queensland as the state shortens the window for booster shots from four months to three after the second dose of vaccine.

Queensland's coronavirus death toll stands at 85, after 37,121 tests were done in the past 24 hours, the state recording 16,031 new cases.

About 1 million Queenslanders have had their booster shots, and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she wanted to see that rate go up quickly.

"We know you get extra protection from that booster, so if you are eligible after three months you can now come forward and get that booster," she said.

Video: Qld records another COVID death and 20,566 new cases (ABC NEWS)

Qld has six virus deaths, to open borders

  Qld has six virus deaths, to open borders Queensland will drop all domestic border controls from 1am on Saturday after recording six COVID-19 deaths and 14,914 new virus cases.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it's the largest number of people to die from COVID-19 in a day in the state since the pandemic began in 2020.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said while boosters gave much greater coverage than two doses of vaccine, the state was not considering making them mandatory.

Over 91 per cent of people have had their first dose of the vaccine and a little over 89 per cent have been double-vaccinated.

The figures come after Dr Gerrard revealed on Thursday authorities were planning for COVID patients in the "low thousands" across hospitals at the wave's peak expected by early February.

Queensland's hospitals are already straining under the load of COVID-19 cases, with data provided to Brisbane Times showing Queensland public hospitals have already declared 12 capacity code yellows between January 1 and January 19.

Some other patients have been shifted into the private sector, while sites have already used tents to triage new patients in a safe waiting area to avoid congestion inside.

Unvaccinated patient in 30s dies of Covid as Queensland cases dip .
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced 18 Covid-related deaths in the state, including an unvaccinated person aged in their 30s. New Covid cases in Queensland fell to 9,974 and hospitalisations were down to 818 people, with 54 people now in ICU.Ms Palaszczuk said the state appeared to have avoided the worst of the health department's earlier modelling, including more than 500 people in ICU units'We were planning for the worst case scenario,' she said. 'It's absolutely heartening to date that the modelling is below our worst case scenario.

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