Victoria has recorded more than 7000 new daily cases of COVID-19 as Omicron becomes the dominant variant in the state.

In the past 24 hours the state recorded 7172 new cases from more than 48000 tests.

An additional three people died with COVID-19 in Victoria, and the state’s running tally of active cases now sits at almost 31,500.

A similar situation was happening in Victoria, with huge queues of people lining up at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Collingwood.
Testing clinics are under significant strain as the Omicron outbreak continues to grow. (The Age)

There are currently 472 Victorians hospitalised with the virus, 52 of whom are being treated in ICU wards.

The Kirby Institute has said the number of COVID-19 cases could be up to five times higher as many are going unreported.

Testing clinics have been under undue strain and rapid tests are becoming harder to come by.

Australian Medical Association President Omar Khorshid said some states may need to be back into lockdown as countries like Germany and Europe have while battling significant outbreaks.

However, the Victorian government have said there are no plans to re-introduce lockdowns at this stage.

Source: 9News

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