Qld records 10 deaths, 15,050 virus cases

Nick Gibbs |

Another 10 people have died in Queensland’s COVID-19 wave as the state records 15,050 new cases and international quarantine requirements relax.

The latest deaths include one person in their 40s and one in their 50s, and come as the state’s hospital admissions for COVID-19 climb to 884. 

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said ICU numbers had dropped marginally from 54 to 52, and signs that the virus wave had peaked over the border in NSW were positive for the state. 

He remains confident Queensland’s peak will come about two weeks after NSW, and said areas including the Gold Coast and Brisbane would be among the earliest. 

“The peak is not the end, the peak is the high point of transmission,” he said on Saturday. 

Speaking from the Brisbane International Airport Terminal, tourism minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the latest deaths were “terrible news” for family and friends. 

The first quarantine-free international flights arrived in Brisbane on Saturday, with passengers initially being made up of returning citizens, students and workers. 

It signals the start of a “slow rebuild” for the state’s international tourism industry, Mr Hinchliffe said.