Sydney Prepares for New Year’s Eve Celebrations Despite Omicron Surge

Sydney, the worst-affected city in Australia by the Omicron wave, would go ahead with New Year’s Eve celebrations on Friday as authorities encourage people to come out and enjoy the festivities despite a record number of COVID-19 cases.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wished people to “enjoy the evening,” while New South Wales (NSW) Premier Dominic Perrottet urged everyone to “head out and enjoy New Year.” 

“While case numbers are substantially increasing, compared to where we were with the Delta variant, our position remains incredibly strong,” Perrottet said.

The daily infections in New South Wales on Friday nearly doubled to a record of 21,151 cases.

Despite the record surge, Perrottet reiterated that the state is “in a very strong position” due to higher inoculations and that hospitals were coping with the Omicron wave.

Sydney has been one of the world’s first major cities to welcome each New Year, with a public countdown and fireworks display over its iconic Opera House.

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