May 25, 2022

The death toll from COVID-19 in the Darling Downs Health region has risen to 36, with six fatalities reported by Queensland Health since Monday.

Across Queensland, the toll now stands at 1009 deaths since the pandemic began, with all but seven occurring since the borders were reopened on December 13.

Ten deaths were reported during the past 24 hours.

The latest statistics show a total of 1149 people have officially contracted COVID-19 in the South Burnett Regional Council area since March 2020, including 59 cases since May 1 this year – although the true figure, based on anecdotal reports, would be much higher.

When the borders reopened on December 13 there had been just three confirmed cases in the South Burnett and 68 in the Darling Downs Health region, including two deaths.

There were officially 35,371 active COVID-19 cases in Queensland on Wednesday, including 5584 confirmed during the latest 24-hour reporting period.

However, the true level of infection is likely to be higher, with not all people registering a positive Rapid Antigen Test reporting their condition to Queensland Health, and people with mild symptoms not getting tested.

A total of 426 people were being treated for COVID-19 in Queensland hospitals, including 15 in intensive care units.

Officially 1,154,678 people have contracted COVID-19 in Queensland since the pandemic began, including 36,035 First Nations residents.

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