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More than 1000 school kids test positive in 24 hours, but it's 'not a cause for concern'


More than 1000 school children tested positive to Covid-19 in the 24 hours to Friday morning but authorities say this figure is not surprising and not a cause for concern.

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It is the first indication of the level of virus infections among school-aged children since schools went back to full-time learning on Monday.

And it comes as the State recorded another 14 virus-related deaths on Friday, up from eight lives lost the previous day. Another 5977 new cases were also reported Friday.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said that in the past 24 hours, to Friday, a total of 1149 school children had tested positive to Covid-19 through both PCR and RAT tests.

This includes 627 in the five to 11 year-old age group and 522 in the 12-17 year age bracket.

“I think the main lesson from that is that this virus is very widespread, so there is a lot of children that have the virus and have very mild symptoms,” Gerrard said.

He said authorities believe the number of infected children with the virus is actually down from the levels several weeks ago when the Omicron wave was hitting the peak.

“This is not something that is concerning us greatly,” Gerrard said, adding that a close eye would be kept on infections in children.

“It is not surprising and we are not unduly concerned about it,” he said.

Gerrard said there would not be any stronger measures for schools.

“We are not taking a very strong restrictive stands on isolating members of the school community because we know this virus is widespread,” he said.

Of the 14 deaths on Friday, one was in their 60s, five each in their 70s and 80s, three in their 90s.

Three were unvaccinated, two had received one dose of the vaccine, five were double dosed and four had received a booster.

Ten of the 14 deaths were in aged care.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath backed calls for a national review of the handling of the vaccine rollout in aged care facilities, which are regulated by the Commonwealth.

D’Ath said she had raised the issue of booster rollout for aged care residents and staff when she met with national health ministers.

She said during the initial vaccine rollout, residents had been given doses but not staff, which had created staffing problems.

“I have been advised … this time around they are offering it to residents as well. I welcome that because we need to get the staff boosted as quickly as possible as well as the residents,” D’Ath said.

D’Ath also backed calls for nurse to patient ratios in aged care.

In Queensland, 90.16 percent of the population is now double dosed and 92.28 per cent have received one dose.

And the number of people who have received the booster is now creeping up. On Friday, 1.7 million people or 60.64 per cent of the eligible population have received a booster shot.

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