Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Issues Grim Warning To Unvaccinated

(The Courier-Mail – Page Online 
Original article by Jack McKay)

In a news summary from Australia, the Roy Morgan research firm says Queensland recorded 9,581 new COVID-19 cases two days ago.

A total of 419 people across the State are now being treated for the respiratory illness in hospital, including 21 who are in intensive care.

The warning comes from Chief health officer Dr John Gerrard, who notes that six of the 11 intensive care patients on the Gold Coast are unvaccinated, while the remainder are double-dosed but have underlying medical conditions.

He adds that the Gold Coast region has a comparatively low vaccination rate.

Meanwhile, infectious diseases expert Paul Griffin says the intensive care cases on the Gold Coast shows that COVID-19 vaccines protect people from severe disease.

( Note — All reports come via Roy Morgan)

Two more Covid deaths in SA

(The Advertiser – Page Online : 11 January 2022
Original article by Michael Owen-Brown, Neely Karimi, Andrew Hough)

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall says the state’s current COVID-19 outbreak is likely to peak in late January.

The State recorded 4,024 new cases on Monday, while its toll from the outbreak rose by two following the deaths of a man in his 90s and a woman in her 80s.

There are now 188 people in hospital with COVID-19 in SA; this includes 21 in intensive care, with four requiring a ventilator. \

Marshall is isolating at home after his daughter contracted the virus, although Marshall himself has tested negative. Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas and all members of his immediate family have tested positive.

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WA Premier reveals how the State will expand its rules around showing proof of vaccination

(The West Australian – Page Online : 11 January 2022
Original article by Angie Raphael)

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan says the state will expand the number of venues for which proof of vaccination is required, while an app to make the process of showing proof of vaccination easier was due too be launched yesterday.

WA recorded three new local COVID-19 cases on Monday, all of whom were in quarantine, while the state currently has 89 active cases.

McGowan’s announcement regarding the expansion of proof of vaccination rules comes as WA prepares to open its borders on 5 February, although some have called for it to be delayed due to the surge in Omicron cases in other parts of the country.

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Pfizer’s chief executive has revealed that two doses of its current Covid-19 vaccine offer “very limited protection, if any against the Omicron variant….. Now we are working on a new version of our vaccine, the 1.1, let me put it that way, that will cover Omicron as well.”
Why are we mandating vaccines if they don’t work for Omicron?
And by the time the Omicron version of the vaccine is released, distributed and rolled out there is sure to be another strain because RNA viruses are going to do what RNA viruses do – mutate.
But the question remains, why all the fuss anyway? Queensland’s hospitalisation rate as at yesterday was 0.35% of all (apparent) cases of infection. Everyone else isolates at home and then recovers. Isn’t that what people have always done for head colds?

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