Australia witnesses over 5K COVID-19 cases now; masks and QR check-ins back

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  • NSW Premier announces new COVID-19 restrictions as the nation crossed 5K COVID-19 cases, effective after Christmas. 
  • The new restrictions include mandatory mask-wearing even indoor, density limitations, and QR check-ins in hospitality and retail venues. 
  • 70% of the new COVID-29 cases were reported in the Sydney metropolitan city, with hospitality number increased to 347.

The NSW premier has issued several new restrictions ahead of Christmas, such as mandatory mask-wearing, including indoor density limitations and QR check-ins on hospitality and retail venues. The state reports 5715 new COVID-19 cases. 

The density limits have been set to one person per 2 square meter rule, effective from 27 December 2021 to 27 January 2021. 

Dr Kerry Chant, the Chief Health Officer of NSW, has revealed that 80% of the new COVID-19 cases were the Omicron variant. Its highly transmissible nature explains the steep rise in COVID-19 cases across Australia. 

Approximately 70% of the recorded 5715 cases were reported in the Sydney metropolitan area. A 40-year-old unvaccinated man from western Sydney died at the Westmead Hospital. He was said to be suffering from underlying health issues. 

The number of hospitalisations rose to 347 on Thursday, increasing from 192 compared to the same day last week. 45 patients were admitted to the ICU, up from 40 reported on Wednesday.

Bottom line:

The NSW premier is currently focusing on limiting mobility in Australia to ensure health workers do their job efficiently. However, the NSW premier has also advised the citizens to be responsible and cautious.   





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