Queensland has detected 714 new cases of COVID-19 as authorities warn more infections will be diagnosed in the coming days.
Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said the drop in the number of cases from the previous day follows a lull in testing on Christmas Day.
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“So it won’t surprise us at all if, in the next few days, the numbers increase dramatically,” Dr Gerrard said.
“We wouldn’t care too much, it wouldn’t be a surprise.”
It comes as Treasurer Cameron Dick has confirmed Queensland has used debt collectors to collect unpaid hotel quarantine bills.
“This is money that is properly and legitimately owed to the Queenslanders,” he said.
It is important that people pay what they have agreed to pay.
Mr Dick said that an outside agency was used so that officials could focus on their current tasks.
âThey have better things to do to manage the pandemic,â he said.
There are currently 2,857 active cases in the state, with seven inpatients and none in intensive care.
About 75 percent of the cases are the Omicron variant and 25 percent are Delta.
More than half of the state’s 5,032 cases have been diagnosed since the border opened on December 13.
More than 300 hospital and health workers are in quarantine, including 55 confirmed to be infected with the virus.
âAll health services are functioning well and have plans to deal with it,â said Dr Gerrard.
“So at the moment we have no problem.”
Queensland recorded 765 cases on Saturday for the previous 24 hours and 589 infections the day before.