(ANSA) – ROME, Jan. 15 – Australia is near the peak of the Omicron wave. This is what the authorities said this morning, but they warn that daily infections will remain close to record levels for the “next few weeks,” after more than 100,000 cases were recorded for the fourth consecutive day.
After limiting the spread of the coronavirus through tight restrictions at the start of the pandemic, Australia is now reporting record cases of the Omicron variant, Reuters reports on its website. Most of the states in the country have switched to a strategy of living with the virus as they have achieved higher vaccination rates. More than 1.2 million infections have been recorded this year, compared to 200,000 in 2020 and 2021 combined.
“We are not yet over the crisis and I think there will be a significant number of cases diagnosed in Australia in the coming weeks,” Health Department Chief Paul Kelly said at a news conference, referring to the Omicron outbreak. He added that the model adopted by some countries “leads me to believe that we are close to the peak of this wave in terms of issues.”
Most states face record hospitalizations during the Omicron wave, with authorities saying unvaccinated young people make up a “significant number” of hospitalizations in Australia. (handle).
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