© Reuters. File photo: On December 30, 2021, as the Omicron coronavirus variant continued to spread in Sydney, Australia, medical staff waited for the next car at the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Testing Clinic. REUTERS/Nikki Short
SYDNEY (Reuters)-New COVID-19 cases in Australia declined on Sunday due to the slowdown in testing during the holiday weekend, but the number of hospitalizations in New South Wales still exceeds 30,000 due to increased concerns about potential pressure on the national health system People, the number of hospitalizations has further increased.
According to data from the health department, the number of newly diagnosed cases in New South Wales, the most populous state, fell to 18,278 from 22,577 the day before, as the number of tests performed on New Year’s Day was reduced by a quarter.
But the authorities said that as they turned to contracting the virus, the number of hospitalizations was closer than the total number of cases, and the number they monitored more closely jumped by 18% to 1,066.
In Victoria, the number of daily cases is still above 7,000, and Queensland has reported a record 3,587 new cases.
“As we enter the new year, we are fighting a new battle against COVID-19,” said Queensland Finance Minister Cameron Dick.
Dick said: “If we can slow the spread of the virus, it will especially reduce the pressure on our health system.” He asked people to get vaccinated and boost injections, wear masks in indoor environments, and work from home as much as possible.
Since only Western Australia and the Northern Territory have not released data on Sunday, there were more than 32,200 new cases nationwide, which was lower than the 35,327 recorded on Saturday.
With the increase in vaccination levels, all Australian states except Western Australia have begun to coexist with the virus, and the relaxation of restrictions has also pushed up the number of cases.
New South Wales and Victoria reported 5 deaths, bringing the national death toll during the pandemic to nearly 2,260.
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