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Qld has three new deaths, defends mandate

Queensland has recorded three new COVID-19 death and 6136 new cases as the premier defends ongoing vaccine mandates across the state.

The new virus cases emerged after 6986 tests across Queensland in the 24 hours to 6.30am on Wednesday.

There are 255 patients being treated for COVID-19 in hospital and another 21 in intensive care.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says one of the new deaths was a man in his 40’s who was unvaccinated.

“We are seeing tragically people passing away from COVID who are unvaccinated,” she told parliament.

The latest figures show that 91.3 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had one dose of a vaccine, while 93.2 per cent have had two.

Ms Palaszczuk defended ongoing mandates, saying their vital for protecting vulnerable citizens and urged people to get a booster jab.

“I don’t think anyone likes to see these vaccination mandates out there,” she said in parliament.

“But the reality is we still need to drive up that vaccination rate and we need to protect the community.

“I’m very concerned about the impact that unvaccinated people could have especially coming into contact with elderly people, that’s why mandates have been put in place at places like hospitals and our aged care homes to ensure the most vulnerable in our community are kept safe.”

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