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Queensland has recorded 7,588 new coronavirus cases as the virus continues to spread rapidly through the state’s nursing homes.

The Sunshine State also reported 10 Covid-related deaths in the last 24 hours: two among residents in their 70s, four in their 80s and four in their 90s.

Health director Dr John Gerrard said Queensland’s infection rate was declining, with Monday’s number of new cases 43.8 per cent lower than the 13,511 reported on January 26.

“Trends are going down and going in the right direction today,” he said.

However, there are 868 patients treated for covid in state hospitals, up from 821 on Monday.

Of the 202 Covid-19 deaths in Queensland, all of which were recorded this year, 107 were among nursing home residents.

Queensland recorded 7,588 new coronavirus cases and 10 deaths with the virus on Tuesday.  In the photo, masked pedestrians in Brisbane on January 30.

Queensland recorded 7,588 new coronavirus cases and 10 deaths with the virus on Tuesday. In the photo, masked pedestrians in Brisbane on January 30.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath called on the federal government to speed up rollout of booster shots in the elderly care sector, saying many residents were dying from the virus before they had a chance to roll up their sleeves.

“We don’t know how many have been visited for boosters or how many residents have received their booster compared to the total elderly care population,” he said.

Ms. D’Ath called the two $400 payments from the federal government to elderly care workers “a slap in the face.”

‘I am very concerned about what I am hearing in elderly care. I hear residents are locked behind doors for days,” he said.

He called on the Commonwealth to improve the staff-to-patient ratio as recommended by the royal commission on aged care.

Dr. Gerrard said an increase in the number of hospitals in the last 24 hours is not a cause for concern, with the seven-day average being the most important figure.

Of the 202 covid-19 deaths in Queensland, all recorded in 2022, 107 were among elderly care residents (stock image)

Of the 202 covid-19 deaths in Queensland, all recorded in 2022, 107 were among elderly care residents (stock image)

Health director Dr John Gerrard said Queensland's infection rate was declining

Health director Dr John Gerrard said Queensland’s infection rate was declining

There are 54 patients in intensive care, up from 50 on Monday, and 23 are on a ventilator, up from 15.

The state still predicts an overall downward trend in the number of hospitals compared to last week.

Over the weekend, it emerged that more than twice as many men are dying of covid in Queensland than female residents of the state.

While a similar phenomenon has been seen in places like Italy, China and some US states, researchers are no closer to understanding what makes men more at risk.

Researchers in the US argue that

Researchers in the US argue that “social factors” and not just biological differences between men and women are likely to be an important factor. Pictured: a Covid testing clinic in Brisbane

A similar phenomenon has been seen in places like Italy, China and some US states, but researchers are no closer to understanding what makes men more at risk.  Pictured: A Brisbane Covid vaccination clinic

A similar phenomenon has been seen in places like Italy, China and some US states, but researchers are no closer to understanding what makes men more at risk. Pictured: A Brisbane Covid vaccination clinic

Dr. Paul Griffin, an infectious disease expert at the University of Queensland, speculated that because men are more likely to suffer from chronic conditions such as cardiac obesity, which are higher morbidity factors for Covid, this may mean they are more vulnerable.

but he said the correlation “has not been firmly established” by the medical community, ABC News informed.

Researchers in the US, who have seen the strange trend emerge in some states, argue that “social factors” and not just biological differences between men and women are likely to be a major underlying reason.

A recent study in the Social Science and Medicine Journal found that behavioral patterns, underlying health conditions, and the type of job a Covid victim has may be a big part of the reason men are dying at a rate faster.

Male-dominated industries such as transportation, factories, meatpacking plants, agriculture, and construction have suffered higher death rates from covid.


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