Health Qld: Influenza decline, Omicron wave, Hendra, Monkeypox

As Queenslanders brace for the worst from the latest wave of coronavirus, there is at least some good news for the Sunshine State.

Queensland’s chief health officer John Gerard said flu cases are declining in the Sunshine State as the third wave of coronavirus picks up speed.

Queensland hospitals have a total of 77 flu cases.

This is just a fraction of the 928 people hospitalized across the state for coronavirus or flu.

This is also close to the number of people in hospital beds during the peak of the first Omicron wave.

Queensland has 1,861 active cases of influenza, 48 people died of influenza during the winter.

“There is a clear decline in the number of influenza cases, this wave has clearly reached its peak,” said Dr. Gerald.

Third Wave of Omicron

Health authorities warned this week that we are about to enter the “worst phase” of the pandemic as two new Omicron sub-options put pressure on hospitals.

More than 6,700 new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 43,047.

There are only four people who need fans.

“It will be because of the vaccination,” Dr. Gerard said.

Ba. 4 or BA. Currently, 5 sub-variants account for 70% of cases in Queensland.

There are 10 known deaths as a result of these variants, eight of which were not vaccinated.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the peak of the third wave is likely to last another two to three weeks.

Health system under pressure

More than 2,300 healthcare workers are off work on Tuesday due to the coronavirus infection.

“Most health systems have moved to level 3, which means they are suspending some services,” Ms D’Ath said.

More than 1,700 people are receiving virtual home care to ease the burden on the healthcare system.

Australia’s Chief Health Committee, responsible for making decisions during health emergencies, has changed the lockdown rules.

If you have had Covid in the past four weeks or more and are showing symptoms, you will need to be tested again and isolate.

It is still mandatory to wear masks on public transport, including on airplanes, as well as in medical facilities and pharmacies.

However, Queensland is not going to consider extending the mandatory use of masks indoors during this wave of Covid.

“A wide-ranging mandate for the use of masks indoors is not something we are looking at right now,” Dr. Gerard said.

“If you are particularly vulnerable, we recommend that you wear a mask in any public place.”

Oral antivirals are available to anyone with a positive PCR test within five days of symptom onset.

Animal viruses in Queensland

A horse was euthanized at the Mackay property after testing positive for the deadly Hendra virus – the first case in five years.

There are two close contacts with people who have been treated with antibodies to prevent them from becoming infected, and one low-risk contact with mild respiratory symptoms.

The first case of monkeypox was discovered in Queensland on Monday.

Originally published as Influenza cases in Queensland decline as third Omicron wave nears peak