Premier's blunt response to anti-vax protesters calling for her arrest

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered a blunt response to a group of anti-vax protesters who demanded that she be arrested.

The group reportedly issued a 'charge sheet' calling for the arrest of Ms Palaszczuk and other politicians.

On Wednesday, at a press conference going over the daily Covid cases in the state, Ms Palaszczuk was asked by a reporter if she was aware of the protester's demands.

"That's nice of them, what was that for?" Ms Palaszczuk asked.

The reporter explained the group wanted a public warrant to seize Covid vaccines, to which Ms Palaszczuk had a direct answer.

Pictured is Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in Townsville
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was told a group of protestors wanted her arrested. Source: 7News

"Well, can I say to them that the vaccines are working and they're preventing a lot of Queenslanders from ending up in our hospitals," the premier said.

"So I think they should stop spreading misinformation and I think perhaps I should go and speak to a medical professional to talk to them about how how good it is to have the vaccine."

Ms Palaszczuk confirmed she was not aware of the protester's demand before the journalist asked her about them.

There are currently 889 people in the hospital with Covid in Queensland and 47 patients on a ventilator.

Protesters reportedly wanted the Queensland premier to be arrested. Source: Getty Images
Protesters reportedly wanted the Queensland premier to be arrested. Source: Getty Images

On Wednesday, Queensland recorded 13,551 new Covid-19 cases and nine related deaths.

There are over 73,000 active cases in the state, according to Queensland Health and as of January 24, 89.24 per cent of Queenslanders aged over 16 are fully vaccinated.

Of the nine Covid-related deaths recorded, all are aged between their 50s and 90s, none had received a third dose of a vaccine.

"This is someone's loved family member and it's always a heartbreaking time when ... tragedy strikes," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Members of the public are seen wearing masks in the Brisbane CBD, in Brisbane, Queensland, on Monday, January 10, 2022.
Queensland recorded over 13,000 cases on Wednesday. Source: AAP

Elderly urged to be cautious

Amid the outbreak in Queensland, Ms Palaszczuk suggested elderly people in Queensland avoid crowded spaces in the coming days and weeks.

"Just limit where you go and don't go into large crowds because what we are seeing tragically is the elderly people who are losing their lives," she said.

However, Queensland health authorities believe they are seeing the peak of cases on the Gold Coast. Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said it is expected the drop will continue.

He added other regions of Queensland, particularly in southeast Queensland will see a peak sometime in the next seven days.

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