Health Minister Yvette D’Ath

June 15, 2022

More COVID-19 restrictions will ease this weekend in Queensland with the lifting of the mask mandate inside airports.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the State Government would adopt the recommendation of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee to ease the mandate from midnight on June 17 (Friday).

“AHPPC considers that it is no longer proportionate to mandate mask use in airport terminals,” Minister D’Ath said.

However,  passengers will still be required to wear masks on planes.

“With COVID-19 and influenza still circulating in our community, we’re still encouraging Queenslanders to be vigilant,” Minister D’Ath said

“If you’re in an indoor setting and can’t socially distance, consider wearing a mask.

“We’re also encouraging people yet to receive the COVID vaccine to come forward for vaccination and remind people they can also get a free flu vaccination.”

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The toll from COVID-19 within the Darling Downs Health region rose to 43 this week, with the latest death reported in statistics released on Tuesday.

Five of these deaths have occurred in June but there is no indication of where in the DDH region these fatalities occurred.

When the Queensland border re-opened on December 13, the death toll in the DDH region stood at two.

Thirteen more deaths were reported across Queensland during the past 24 hours, taking the Queensland tally since the pandemic began to 1139. All but seven have occurred since December 13.

A total of 4184 new cases were announced on Wednesday morning, taking the estimated number of active COVID-19 cases in the State to 22,674.

There are currently 391 people being treated for COVID-19 in Queensland hospitals, including five in intensive care units.

Since January 2020, a total of 1,232,417 people in Queensland have officially contracted COVID-19, including 37,486 First Nations residents.

Officially, a total of 1185 people in South Burnett and 299 in Cherbourg have had COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with all but three cases occurring since December 13.

* * * has been keeping track of some basic statistics for local Council areas since December 13.

These statistics, from Queensland Health, show the number of new cases reported this month (June), the baseline number on December 13 and the cumulative figure current to 7:00pm on Tuesday (June 14). They do NOT show the number of ACTIVE cases:

  • South Burnett: 27 / 3 / 1185
  • Cherbourg:  4 / 0 / 299
  • Toowoomba: 467 / 52 / 9799
  • Gympie: 97 / 7 / 3124
  • North Burnett: 13 / 3 / 438
  • Somerset: 30 / 6 / 1519
  • Western Downs: 29 / 3 / 1227

NB. Data is reported by Queensland Health daily but can vary over time due to case reviews. 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. Not everyone who has had a mild dose of the disease has been tested. Also, the official statistics show 695,593 positive results (as at June 14) which have not been allocated to a Local Government Area since the pandemic began.


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