Queensland COVID update: Cases double in only two days as new mask rules are implemented

Queensland has reported another increase in COVID-19 cases after bringing back mandatory masks in some settings.

There were 42 new cases of coronavirus reported in Queensland on Sunday – more than double the daily cases reported only two days ago, when there was 20 new cases on Friday.

Of those, 34 were locally acquired, seven were acquired interstate and one was acquired overseas.

There are currently 142 active cases in the state.

More than 18,000 people came forward for testing in the past 24 hours.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Credit: DANNY CASEY/AAPIMAGE

It comes on the back of Queensland reintroducing mandatory masks over the Christmas and New Year period in retail settings, hospitals, aged care settings, public transport, rideshare, airports and planes.

The rules will be revised when the state reaches 90 per cent vaccination coverage.

One of the few exemptions to the rule, Police Minister Mark Ryan confirmed on Sunday, was that children will be able to have their photos with Santa while not wearing a mask.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath explained on Friday the mask mandate wouldn’t extend to cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs as, from Friday, patrons are required to be fully vaccinated.

“The venues we’ve talked about – both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are allowed to go to those settings and are all mixing together, so the risk is greater,” she said.

Motorists passes through a border control checkpoint at the QLD/NSW Border.
Motorists passes through a border control checkpoint at the QLD/NSW Border. Credit: RUSSELL FREEMAN/AAPIMAGE

In Queensland, some 82.7 per cent of the over-12 population is fully vaccinated.

More than 88 per cent have had one dose.

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