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Australia suffers the deadliest day of the pandemic
Australia suffered its deadliest day of the pandemic Tuesday as a rapidly evolving Omicron outbreak continued to drive hospitalization rates to record highs, although daily infections have decreased slightly.
Australia takes care of its worst Covid-19 outbreak which has put more people in hospitals and intensive care than at any time during the pandemic. A total of 77 deaths have been recorded, surpassing the previous national record of 57 last Thursday, according to official data.
“Today is a very difficult day for our state,” the premier of New South Wales (NSW) said. Dominique Perrotet said at a press conference while the state has reported 36 deaths, a new pandemic high. Only four of those who died in NSW had received their reminders, prompting state health officials to urge people to avoid delays and get their third dose soon. Thirty-three received a double dose.
‘There needs to be a sense of urgency to adopt booster doses,’ said NSW health director Kerry Vocals noted. “For Omicron, we know the protection is lower and we need that next boost to get that higher level of protection.”
Faced with the increase in hospitalizations, Victoria said a “code brown” in hospitals, generally reserved for short-term emergencies, which would give hospitals the power to cancel non-emergency health services and cancel staff leave. Although authorities generally do not specify the variant of the coronavirus that leads to deaths, authorities have said that most patients in intensive care are infected with the Omicron strain, with young unvaccinated forming a “significant number”. Queensland said none of Tuesday’s record 16 deaths in the state had received a reminder.
From 45 people died in the state due to Covid-19 since December 13, only one had received his third dose. On 73,000 new infections were reported on Tuesday, down from a high of 150,000 last Thursday. So far, Australia has reported approximately 1.6 million infections since the start of the pandemic, including about 1.3 million in the past two weeks. The total number of deaths stood at 2,776.