Covid cases spike in NSW, Queensland

On Christmas Day, NSW set a new record for the highest number of daily cases since the epidemic began, with 6288 infections.

Since Omicron began to spread and limits were lifted, the number of cases in the state has continued to rise.

On Friday, 5612 new cases were reported, with one woman in her 90s from south western Sydney succumbing to the virus at St George Hospital.

This was an increase of nearly 2000 illnesses over the previous day, when 3763 cases were reported.

Queensland also set a new high for Christmas infections with 765 new Covid-19 infections.

Victoria, meanwhile, has recorded 2108 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of current infections to 17,599.

Residents in NSW have been obliged to wear masks indoors since Christmas Eve.

From Boxing Day onwards, hospitality facilities will be subject to density limits and required QR check-ins.

The rules were reinstated in reaction to Omicron’s impact on daily case numbers, and they are anticipated to last until January 27.

The reforms were revealed on Thursday by Premier Dominic Perrottet, who described them as “modest” and “conservative.”

“The system is in a very solid position as we proceed through this holiday period to the end of January,” he said.

Despite the fact that Omicron is far more contagious than Delta, chief health officer Kerry Chant said the strain appeared to be less severe.

“The early indications are promising,” she remarked.

There are currently 388 individuals in hospitals, 52 of them are in intensive care.

In the last 24 hours, 149,261 tests were performed.

Meanwhile, 95% of inhabitants aged 16 and up have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, with 93.5 percent receiving two doses.

In addition, 78.3 percent of those aged 12 to 15 are fully immunised.

Residents in Queensland have been advised that health officials “anticipate” 1000 cases each day.

“We’re getting close to 1000 cases, and we’ll get 1000 cases a day.” On Saturday, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath stated, “That’s what we expect.”

“Those exposure locations will continue to grow in length.

“This infection is now everywhere, and we must anticipate we will be exposed everywhere.”

As most people congregated with family and friends, she said it was “inevitable” that diseases would rise.

Approximately 650 persons are currently isolated throughout the state.

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