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Queensland has reported a record 15 COVID-related deaths and 11,600 new infections in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the new known infections came from 3986 self-reported rapid tests and 26,290 PCR swaps.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath. Credit:Matt Dennien

The 15 people who died with the virus were aged between their 60s and 90s.

A total of 829 patients are now in hospitals across the state, 48 of whom are in intensive care. Fifteen of these are also on ventilators.

Authorities today said that based on case number trends and declining hospital admissions on the Gold Coast, the tourist region is now on the other side of its peak.

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Other parts of south-east Queensland – including metropolitan Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, West Moreton and Ipswich – are expected to experience their peak next week.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged older Queenslanders to avoid leaving their homes for the next few weeks if they can avoid it, with that cohort most represented in the state’s growing death toll.

Meanwhile, South Australia reported 1953 additional cases of COVID-19 earlier this morning. Of those, the majority (1434) were positive PCR swabs processed in the 24 hours to midnight last night.

“Things are tracking well,” SA Premier Steven Marshall said, referring to the fact that the state’s seven-day average for daily case numbers continues to track downwards.

“But we can’t be complacent.”

There are 288 people in SA hospitals with COVID-19. Of those, 27 are in ICU. Five are on a ventilator.

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