Omicron Australia’s COVID variant update: how Australia is responding to outbreaks across the country


While the Omicron variant continues to disrupt the daily lives of most Australians during school holidays, Queenslanders are adjusting to new mask requirements.

Previously, they were only required in supermarkets, stores, public transport, and during carpooling scenarios, as well as airports, airplanes, cinemas and theaters.

They are now also mandatory at work unless it is dangerous, in pubs, clubs and cafes, except when seated, in indoor stadiums and sports arenas, in libraries, hairdressers and salons manicure and waiting rooms of medical centers.

Queenslanders are also encouraged to work from home again whenever possible.

NSW (18,278) and Victoria (7172) again reported tens of thousands of cases on Sunday.

There have been two deaths in NSW and three in Victoria.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet continues to focus on the number of hospitalizations and intensive care rather than increasing the number of daily cases.

However, they too are climbing, with 1,066 people in NSW hospitals with the virus and 83 in intensive care.

The four-digit crossover marks a doubling of hospitalized cases since December 27 and a seven-fold increase since the announcement of Omicron’s first hospitalization on December 12.

Another 472 people are in Victorian hospitals with the virus, including 52 active cases in intensive care. Twenty-two people need ventilation.

Queensland recorded 3,587 new infections on Sunday, although there are only five patients infected with the virus in intensive care units. South Australia has recorded a further 2,298 cases and Tasmania 404.

Meanwhile, Western Australia reclassified Tasmania and ACT as high risk, where the number of cases exceeded 500 for the first time on Sunday.

This means that starting Monday, anyone entering WA from ACT or Tasmania must be fully vaccinated, take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival, and take another test on the 12th day of their self-isolation. 14 days.

They should also use the G2G Now app when in quarantine.

Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwein has said that with a highly vaccinated population, the state will not move towards lockdown or border closures due to the increase in the number of cases.

The Northern Territory reported 95 cases of the virus on Sunday, 35 more than its previous record, while Western Australia reported a single case with a hotel quarantine security guard.

Prime Minister is monitoring symptoms of COVID-19 after a potentially infectious positive case attends a Kirribilli House press conference.

As Scott Morrison pondered the possibility of falling ill from the virus on Sunday, more than 32,000 Australians were already newly locked in isolation after returning a positive test in the previous 24 hours.

More than 1,500 of them are bedridden in hospital beds across the country.

Mr Morrison and the country’s chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, spoke to the media on Wednesday at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Sydney to announce an instant national cabinet meeting.

Scott Morrison is monitoring symptoms after a case of COVID at a press conference at Kirribilli House. Credit: PAA

The rally was held outside with journalists required to wear face masks.

Despite the possibility of exposure, Mr. Morrison does not need to isolate or pass a PCR test according to NSW Health guidelines.

His office says residents and staff of Kirribilli House are acting on instructions from authorities.

“As per NSW Health guidelines, the Prime Minister was not required to self-isolate or get tested and continues to monitor for symptoms,” a spokesperson said.

Changes in isolation and testing requirements were introduced at the national cabinet meeting on Thursday as cases across the country skyrocketed.

Less than a week later, the daily numbers are breaking records again after the start of the new year with highs in many states.

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