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Australia nears Omicron peak as daily infections hover around records -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO A female takes an examination for coronavirus (COVID-19), at Sydney’s testing center on January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

By Renju Jose

SYDNEY – Australia may be close to the peak Omicron wave’s severity, according to authorities on Saturday. But, they warned that infections in daily living will continue to rise for several weeks, after an additional 100,000 cases were reported over the fourth consecutive day.

Australia has seen record cases of Omicron strain since the outbreak was contained by strict controls in earlier stages of the pandemic. Many parts of the country are now living with the virus, as higher rates have been achieved.

This year’s infection rate was more than twice the 2020-2021 average.

Paul Kelly, Chief Health Officer of Australia said that “we aren’t through it yet” and that there will be many cases in Australia during the coming weeks. He was referring to Omicron.

However, he stated that modeling in some states makes him believe “that we are near the peak of this wave with regard to cases.”

Official data revealed that infections have declined in the past three days, while hospitalisations in New South Wales has increased slightly in the worst-hit state.

Many states have been experiencing record hospitalisations due to the Omicron wave. Authorities claim that unvaccinated young people are responsible for a significant number of Australian admissions.

Kelly stated, “We’re seeing an epidemic in the unvaccinated among young people. We are also seeing it in intensive care.”

Australia has one of the highest levels of COVID-19 vaccines. More than 92% people over 16 have been double-vaccinated, while a booster drive is picking up.

The country was in turmoil when Novak Djokovic, a tennis player, requested a medical exemption from his vaccination.

While Prime Minister Scott Morrison was being criticised for how he handled the Omicron Wave in an election-year, the federal government on Friday cancelled Djokovic’s visa. It did so over COVID-19 rules. Djokovic wants a court decision to stop him being deported.

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