Scanning in at every shop is no longer necessary, but the app must still be used at pubs and clubs to show proof of vaccination status

February 7, 2022

Queenslanders no longer have to use the COVID-19 check-in app, except in high-risk settings where mandatory vaccinations are required.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement at the morning COVID-19 update on Monday.

The move means people will no longer have to scan in at shopping centres, gyms, libraries etc but the app will still be necessary at cafes, restaurants, clubs and hotels where it will be used to check the mandatory “green tick” vaccination status.

Use of the check-in app visibly dropped away after the State Government stopped publishing contact tracing locations.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath admitted there had been low compliance in shopping centres where people had to check in to every shop, however she said compliance had been good at pubs and clubs.

In other good news, the Minister said it appeared Queensland hit the peak of the Omicron wave on February 4.

“We are now showing declines across the State, or stabilisation across the State,” Ms D’Ath said.

She would report on Tuesday the total number of First Nations deaths; at the moment, statistics show First Nations case numbers only, currently at 16,069.

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Another 49 deaths have been added to Queensland’s COVID-19 toll in just three days – taking the tally since the pandemic began to 296.

On December 13, the death toll was seven.

On Saturday, a record number of 21 deaths were announced by health authorities, followed by nine more on Sunday and 19 on Monday.

The youngest fatality was aged in their 50s, while 24 deaths occurred in residential aged care.

A breakdown of the figures shows that of the 49 deaths, 15 were people who had not been vaccinated.

Five had received one dose of vaccine, 25 had received two doses and three had received a booster shot. Data for one patient was not available.

The figures show unvaccinated people make up a disproportionate number of deaths. Current statistics show 92.18 per cent of Queenslanders have received one dose of vaccine; 89.94 per cent are double vaccinated and 58.37 per cent of the eligible population have received a booster shot.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said on Monday there were now 663 people in public hospitals and 61 in private hospitals being treated for COVID-19.

Of these, 43 people were in intensive care, with 24 patients on ventilators.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday that Australia will reopen its international borders to all visitors who are fully vaccinated from February 21.

Unvaccinated travellers must apply for a travel exemption and undergo hotel quarantine if they are granted permission to enter the country.

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southburnett.com.au has been keeping track of some basic statistics for local Council areas since the re-opening of the State border on December 13.

These statistics, from Queensland Health, show the total number of confirmed positive cases per Local Government Area since the pandemic began in January 2020.

They are NOT the total of current ACTIVE cases but demonstrate how the virus has spread recently throughout the local community.

We have taken snapshots on Dec 13, Dec 21 and daily since December 29.

These figures are current to 7:00pm on Sunday (Feb 6):

  • South Burnett: 3 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 18 / 21 / 25 / 39 / 52 / 83 / 135 / 188 / 213 / 239 / 250 / 255 / 273 / 289 / 296 / 338 / 346 / 349 / 389 / 400 / 450 / 450 / 463 / 480 / 500 / 511 / 531 / 556 / 560 / 604 / 625 / 640 / 651 / 661 / 695 / 706 / 714 / 720 / 729
  • * Cherbourg:  – / – / – / 3 / 12 / 21 / 30 / 51 / 61 / 71 / 74 / 89 / 96 / 96 / 97 / 97 / 100 / 100 / 104 / 104 / 104 / 104 / 104 / 105 / 106 / 106 / 106 / 106 / 106 / 110 / 127 / 127 / 128 / 133 / 133 / 133 / 145 / 145 / 164 / 167 / 167 / 167  / 167
  • Toowoomba: 52 / 56 / 233 / 312 / 368 / 396 / 463 / 579 / 665 / 751 / 841 / 940 / 1141 / 1315 / 1405 / 1565 / 1870 / 1971 / 2119 / 2252 / 2446 / 2539 / 2733 / 2922 / 3247 / 3247 / 3361 / 3437 / 3505 / 3608 / 3665 / 3773 / 3846 / 3953 / 4008 / 4054 / 4109 / 4208 / 4292 / 4361 / 4428 / 4459 / 4487
  • Gympie: 7 / 6 / 23 / 26 / 38 / 43 / 48 / 68 / 82 / 104 / 144 / 169 / 222 / 243 / 270 / 304 / 355 / 393 / 425 / 478 / 526 /563 / 633 /685 / 786 / 786 / 851 / 887 / 923 / 941 / 988 /1016 / 1033 / 1076 / 1111 / 1123 / 1147 / 1189 / 1232 / 1259 / 1285 / 1307 / 1310
  • North Burnett: 3 / 3 / 5 / 5 / 8 / 9 / 13 / 13 / 14 / 14 / 17 / 21 / 23 / 27 / 29 / 31 / 31 / 44 / 50 / 54 / 57 / 66 / 77 / 85 / 95 / 95 / 99 / 107 / 112 / 150 / 150 / 155 / 181 / 184 / 190 / 191 / 192 / 193 / 194
  • Somerset: 6 / 6 / 14 / 15 / 15 / 20 / 28 / 34 / 38 / 48 / 64 / 104 / 127 / 160 / 178 / 201 / 231 / 282 / 329 / 369 / 397 / 417 / 451 / 508 / 558 / 558 / 597 / 628 / 644 / 665 / 701 / 734 / 752 / 773 / 798 / 811 / 825 / 850 / 865 / 881 / 912 / 918
  • Western Downs: 3 / 3 / 16 / 18 / 23 / 30 / 36 / 48 / 52 / 60 / 89 / 114 / 140 / 203 / 216 / 248 / 301 / 357 / 401 / 412 / 435 / 457 / 464 / 504 / 568 / 568 / 596 / 632 / 639 / 655 / 676 / 695 / 706 / 725 / 735 / 750 / 758 / 770 / 784 / 795 / 815 / 815

* On February 4, Cherbourg Council reported six new cases.

NB. Data is reported by Queensland Health daily but can vary over time due to case reviews. When we took the first snapshots, Cherbourg LGA had not been added to the list by Qld Health as no cases had been recorded there. From December 31, data is current to 7:00pm the previous day. Numbers for all regions must also be considered underestimated. Not everyone who has tested positive using a Rapid Antigen Test has reported their result to Queensland Health. Also, the official statistics show 159,187 positive results (as at February 6) which have not been allocated to a Local Government Area.

[UPDATED with correction]


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