Australia Reports Record Number of COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations

Australian Covid-19 cases soared to a pandemic record as the Omicron variant continued to spread through most of the country, increasing hospitalization rates. 

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Australia passed the  milestone of 500,000 on Tuesday, while New South Wales (NSW) recorded a new peak in COVID-19 hospitalizations and daily infections.

The province of New South Wales (NSW), the epicenter of Australia’s current wave of COVID-19, recorded 23,131 new cases and two deaths in the past 24 hours.

NSW also has 1,344 COVID-19 patients in hospital, up by 140 from the previous day, breaking its record in September last year.

“While we are very well-placed in the global context to manage this case burden, it is important that we all play our part in not placing an unnecessary burden on the health system,” NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.

Local media reported that intensive care unit (ICU) nurses are once again working excessive hours of double shifts and overtime.

The second most populous state Victoria also reported a record-breaking 14,020 cases on Tuesday, the first time for the state to see over 10,000 COVID cases in a single day, with 516 cases in the hospital.

Other states which had spent much of the pandemic with domestic borders closed and long stretches without a new case showed similar numbers.

Last month, Queensland reported a day with six new cases, while on Tuesday, it recorded 5,699.

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