Coronavirus crisis: Caseload surges to record 1158 as Qld scraps day five PCR test

Queensland has moved to ease the burden on its COVID testing system by immediately scrapping the need for new arrivals to take a day five PCR test.

The announcement came as the State’s daily caseload hit a new record 1158 on Tuesday.

The figures represent a significant jump from the previous high of 784 set on Monday, with 4479 people in the state currently infected with the virus.

Despite the daily rise there are just six people in Queensland hospitals specifically needing treatment for COVID, increasing from four people 24 hour ago.

No one is in intensive care with COVID or on ventilation.

Camera IconQueensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath has unveiled another rise in daily Covid cases. NCA NewsWire / John Gass Credit: News Corp Australia

People still need to return a negative PCR test before they enter Queensland but now only need to pass rapid antigen test on day five of their arrival in Queensland.

“Immediately starting from now on – we will be getting information out of social media – but also to our public and private clinics out there … anybody who‘s waiting in lines now for their day five test will not be required (to do so),” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.

Queensland had earlier come under fire from NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard for its stringent testing regime

There were 1479 new cases reported over the Christmas weekend – including 765 on Christmas Day.

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