NSW detects 12,226 new COVID-19 infections as cases increase in Victoria and Queensland

Thursday’s increase in the number of cases came from about 60,000 fewer test results than on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant warned “there is probably more disease in the community than the numbers reflect” as test labs eradicate backlogs.

NSW has also registered a new death – an unvaccinated woman in her 70s who was infected at the Hakea Grove geriatric care facility where she lived.

People line up for PCR tests at a clinic in North Ryde, Sydney, on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

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As cases escalate, Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet continues to point to hospitalizations and deaths as “the most important data to which we must now tailor our response.”

“A heavily vaccinated population requires a new strategy that does not focus on cases but serious health impacts,” Mr Perrottet wrote in nine newspapers on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve is ready to continue despite the escalating eruption.

The city of Sydney says five of the six venues can be sold out with around 17,000 reserved tickets. Tickets to 25 other locations are still on sale.

Masks are encouraged, unvaccinated people are asked to stay home, and tickets to viewing venues are limited.

Police will be keeping an eye on the crowds and urging people without tickets or reservations in the CBD to stay away.

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Victoria on Thursday reported 5,137 COVID-19 infections from 81,093 tests, an increase from the 3,767 new cases a day earlier.

The state also reported 13 new deaths among people aged in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Admissions are currently at 395, down from Wednesday’s 397. There are 100 people in the intensive care unit.

The number of active cases in the state has grown to 23,833.

Several test sites across the state are already closed after reaching capacity early Thursday morning.

Thousands of people are still expected to come to Melbourne for New Year’s Eve, even though the city of Melbourne has canceled its drone swarm at Docklands.

The city streets will be closed for outdoor dining, families can bring a picnic, and there will be non-alcoholic zones.

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The number of cases has also increased in Queensland again, where 2,222 new cases were detected from 35,179 tests.

There are now 8,586 active cases in the state and no people on intensive care, although the authorities are preparing for that to change and for the cases to increase further.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard warned Thursday that the number of infections could be in the “tens of thousands” in the coming weeks.

“But the good thing is that the vaccines work and they have clearly been shown to work. For those people who have not yet received their third dose … it is crucial if you can go out and get it, the third dose. vaccine “he told reporters.

Tasmania on Thursday reported 92 new COVID-19 cases, including the state’s first virus-related hospitalizations, since borders reopened fourteen days ago.

The majority of the 386 active cases, 178, are processed at home. Two cases are in the hospital but not intensive, while another person with the virus remains in the hospital for another medical condition.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has convened a speedy national cabinet meeting on Thursday.

The prime minister and heads of state are expected to discuss the record-breaking case numbers, pressure on hospitals and the overwhelming demand for tests.

The cabinet could also potentially redefine the definition of a “close contact”.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and heads of state will meet Thursday.

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“During Omicron, the problem is not the number of cases. The question is the incidence of serious illness,” the prime minister told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

“So even though we have a large amount of cases … there is ample capacity in our hospital system to deal with the challenges we are currently facing.”

With AAP.

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