Speaking at a press conference on Monday, chief health officer Dr John Gerrard warned millions of residents will become infected in a matter of weeks.
‘All of us are going to be exposed in the next few weeks,’ he said.
‘Even if you’ve had the two doses of the vaccine, that probably isn’t enough to stop you from getting infected. That is why it is so critical to get the third vaccine.’
The warning comes as Queensland recorded its highest number of cases on record with testing clinics put under strain and residents told to work from home to reduce their chances of contracting the virus.
Queensland has recorded a large spike in Covid-19 cases with 4,249 new infections and one death with the state warned everyone will be ‘exposed’ to the virus
The new cases in Queensland mark a significant uptick on the 3,587 reported on Sunday
The new cases mark a significant uptick on the 3,587 reported on Sunday.
The state also reported one new death after a man, aged in his 30s, died suddenly at his home in the Gold Coast.
‘All I would say very strongly is that it’s very, very unusual for a young man to die suddenly from Covid-19,’ Dr Gerrard said.
‘So it needs further investigation exactly what has happened here.
Hospitalisation rates have also increased to 147 – up from 112 – while the number of patients being treated in ICU has doubled to 10. Only one patient, in his 80s, is on ventilation.
‘We have over 20,000 active cases [in Queensland] and only one patient on a ventilator last night,’ Dr Gerrard said.
‘All of us are going to be exposed in the next few weeks, I think we just have to assume that all of us are going to be exposed.’
The state has also reported one new death after a man, aged in his 30s, died suddenly at his home in the Gold Coast
The soaring case numbers prompted pleas for residents to work from home in a bid to reduce community transmission.
‘With a degree of contagiousness of this virus, we are going to be seeing very large numbers of cases, even though the severity is clearly going to be less,’ Dr Gerrard said.
‘We are going to see very large numbers of cases and a small proportion of a very large number (who fall ill) is still a large number.’
Testing clinics are continuing to be put under immense strain as concerned residents queue for hours to get swabbed.
‘We know there has been a strain on the testing in Queensland as there has been in every state of Australia in every country of the world,’ Dr Gerrard said.
‘There has been significant demand on the Gold Coast and we are increasing our capacity down there.’
More to come