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Qld records 10 COVID deaths, 7190 cases

Queensland has recorded another 10 COVID-19 deaths and 7190 new cases as the premier confirmed a family fleeing the Ukrainian conflict is staying at their quarantine facility.

The new virus cases emerged after 9811 tests across Queensland in the 24 hours to 6.30am on Thursday.

There are 263 patients being treated for COVID-19 in hospital and another 19 in intensive care.

The latest COVID-19 numbers emerged as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a three-person Ukrainian family fleeing Russia’s invasion of their home country was at the state-funded Wellcamp facility near Toowoomba.

Ms Palaszczuk said the unvaccinated family was in the process of seeking an exemption in order to exit the quarantine camp.

It came amid opposition criticism on Thursday that the Queensland government showed a lack of compassion by placing the family – reportedly with few possessions and no money – in the facility upon their arrival on Monday.

“My understanding is that the family in question … is not on a refugee visa,” the premier told parliament on Thursday.

“But they came out and my understanding was that they were placed there because they were unvaccinated.

“They have since applied for an exemption. I understand that exemption came through last night and the family is speaking with the department.”

Ms Palaszczuk said beds were available at Wellcamp for Ukrainian refugees.

Meanwhile, the premier reiterated that mask mandates would remain for now, warning that COVID-19 was “still with us”.

“I thank Queenslanders for going out and getting vaccinated,” she said.

“COVID is still with us. Although not much is said about it these days, it is still there and tragically people are still losing their lives.

“We want people to continue to be safe and that is why the mandates are staying at this point in time.”

Masks are still required on public transport and in hospitals, disability care, prisons, aged care, airports, and on planes in Queensland.

The latest figures show that 93.20 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had one dose of a vaccine, while 91.35 per cent have had two.

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