Redlands COVID cases approach 6000 as parts of Queensland prepare for Omicron peak

THE total number of COVID cases in Redlands is nearing 6000, as the state government announces that parts of Queensland are approaching the Omicron peak.

NEW CASES: Parts of Queensland are preparing to hit the Omicron peak.

NEW CASES: Parts of Queensland are preparing to hit the Omicron peak.

Queensland Health has stopped updating the case count for each suburb, but data shows Redlands has made up 5877 of the state's more than 330,000 total cases.

It comes as the state prepares for a likely rise in hospital presentations over coming weeks, with triage tents being set up outside Redland Hospital in a bid to increase capacity and reduce infection risk.

Logan had 18,399 COVID cases as of Sunday evening, while the Scenic Rim had 915.

A Metro South Health spokesman said the department was unable to continue providing detailed information about individual cases, clusters and exposure venues.

"To seek to do so would pull our contact tracers and health experts off the important public health work they are doing for the pandemic response," he said.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said it appeared the Gold Coast was close to or had already hit its peak, with the state recording 10,212 new cases on Monday and 13 deaths.

"We believe the average peak will occur in Queensland sometime next week, particularly in metropolitan Brisbane, but it won't be even across the state," he said.

"Different regions will have their peaks at different times.

"There is likely to be pressure on hospitals in metropolitan Brisbane this coming week, as there has been at Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital in the last week.

"They have managed it and they are fine, so I think we can expect the same thing coming into this week."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was relieved that COVID hospitalisations were not as high as predicted, but said vulnerable people should limit their movements.

"I am cautiously optimistic but I want to see what happens in the next couple of weeks," she said.

"It is a huge credit to Queenslanders. It is the fact that we have been vaccinated ... now we are getting the boosters, and our children have the opportunity to get vaccinated as well.

"We have this window of opportunity now of two weeks to get our children vaccinated before school goes back."

Dr Gerrard said it appeared Queensland's peak was not as steep as other states, including New South Wales and Victoria, and it would likely mean cases would taper off slowly.

"We think that is because of our high vaccination rates and we did not already have the virus spreading in Queensland in December," he said.

"We had an opportunity to get everyone vaccinated before the virus was in Queensland ... and the behaviour of Queenslanders has slowed this peak somewhat, because they are heeding the warning."

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