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However, a further sixteen people have died across the two states, seven in NSW and nine in Victoria.

Hospitalisations have increased in NSW with 1182 admissions. Of those, 43 are in ICU.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: A general view of the emergency entrance of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on January 21, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. NSW has recorded 46 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the deadliest day in the state since the start of the pandemic. NSW also recorded 25,168 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hour reporting period. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
Cases are down across the two states but hospitilisations are up. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images) (Getty)

In Victoria admissions are also up with 253 recorded overnight, compared to 244 yesterday. There are nineteen people in ICU.

To compare, NSW recorded 24,803 cases yesterday, while Victoria saw 10,259.

NSW Health is urging residents “to take simple precautions” to limit the spread of COVID-19.

These include:

  • Using a mask in indoor settings
  • Getting a booster vaccine
  • Testing and isolating immediately upon experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Queensland

Queensland’s COVID-19 cases have dropped to 9730. To compare 11,018 were recorded yesterday.

Three lives have been lost in the state, but hospitalisations are down to 265 with 14 people in ICU.

Infectious disease expert Professor Robert Booy welcomes the news in light of the highly-transmissible Omicron BA.2 sub-variant, which is driving cases up.

“(Boosters) become more important if the disease starts returning, especially if a variant happens,” he said.

An undated handout picture made available by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows a transmission electron microscope image of SARS-CoV-2
The Omicron BA.2 sub-variant is driving cases up around the country, with one expert warning the virus can mutate ‘easily’. (National Institutes of Health)
“For the moment the immunosuppressed and the vulnerable are becoming into focus for the fourth dose.

“The virus can mutate so easily. While it’s in your body it can change. So it’s a real concern.”

Coles Eastgardens

How Australia faced the emergence of the Omicron variant

Source: 9News

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