Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Australia must “push through” the fast-moving Omicron outbreak, as infections surpassed 1 million on Monday, putting a strain on hospitals and supply chains.
“Omicron is a gear change, and we have to push through,” Morrison said.
“You’ve got two choices here: you can push through, or you can lockdown. We are for pushing through,” Morrison added.
The increasing hospital admissions have forced officials to restore curbs in some states, as businesses struggle with staff shortages because of sickness or isolation requirements.
Morrison said his proposal to state leaders to eventually widen the changes to transport and other key sectors included change in isolation rules to allow work in food production and distribution by those who have been in close contact with asymptomatic infections.
Australia has recorded over 67,000 cases on Monday, compared with under 100,000 on Sunday, which authorities said could be an “underestimate” because some states did not include those who tested positive in at-home rapid antigen tests.
Australia has reported 1.04 million cases since the pandemic began two years ago.
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