Queensland reported a record 15 COVID-related deaths and 11,600 new infections in the last 24-hour reporting period.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the known new infections came from 3,986 self-reported rapid tests and 26,290 PCR exchanges.
The 15 people who died from the virus were between the ages of 60 and 90.
A total of 829 patients are now hospitalized across the state, including 48 in intensive care. Fifteen of them are also on ventilators.
Authorities said today that based on trends in case numbers and declining hospital admissions on the Gold Coast, the tourist region is now on the other side of its peak.
Other parts of southeast Queensland – including metropolitan Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, West Moreton and Ipswich – are set to peak next week.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged older Queenslanders to avoid leaving their homes for the next few weeks if they can avoid it, with this cohort being the most represented in the state’s rising death toll.
Meanwhile, South Australia reported 1,953 additional cases of COVID-19 earlier this morning. Of these, the majority (1,434) were PCR positive swabs processed within 24 hours of midnight last night.
“Things are going well,” South African Prime Minister Steven Marshall said, referring to the fact that the state’s seven-day average for daily case counts continues to fall.
“But we cannot be complacent.”
There are 288 people in SA hospitals with COVID-19. Of these, 27 are in intensive care. Five are on a ventilator.