Mask mandates are not on the cards in Queensland at the moment, despite a big surge in COVID cases that seems likely to eclipse last summer’s second wave

July 12, 2022

Queensland Health has reported five more COVID-19 deaths in the Darling Downs Health region, taking the toll since the pandemic began to 67.

The latest figure was released on Tuesday morning, taking the number of deaths since July 1 to 17.

On Tuesday, the death toll for all of Queensland stood at 1338, up from 1254 on July 1.

When the State borders re-opened on December 13, the State’s death toll for the whole pandemic stood at seven.

On Tuesday, there were officially 43,047 active cases of COVID-19 in Queensland, a number that is vastly underestimated.

There were 860 people being treated for COVID-19 in Queensland hospitals, including 12 in intensive care units.

Queensland’s third wave of COVID-19 has now outgrown the second with daily hospitalisations.

Authorities expect the number of cases will keep climbing as winter continues.

However, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer John Gerrard ruled out any return to mask mandates on Tuesday.

“Mask use, as it is outlined, is what we will continue,” Mr Gerrard told media.

“I think the idea of actually having general mandates for wearing masks indoors is not something we’ll be considering.”

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