New South Wales records highest COVID-19 cases in Australia

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Highlights

  • New South Wales has crossed the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported since the pandemic.
  • The NSW Government will purchase Rapid Antigen Test kits and make them free to individuals across the state.
  • The Australian government has imposed social distancing norms and travel-related restrictions to keep the situation under control.

Ever since the pandemic began till 29 December 2021, Australia has witnessed 323,285 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 2,202 deaths. New South Wales (NSW), the largest state by population in Australia, has by far recorded 70,928 total active cases.

What’s gaining attention now is the rising number of daily cases. The state reported 12,226 new cases on 29 December 2021, the highest since the pandemic.

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Actions being taken by govt to curb the spread

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While people learn to live with the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Government is taking stringent measures for the health and wellbeing of the people. From 24 December 2021, unless eating or drinking, masks were made mandatory in all indoor non-residential settings, including for hospitality personnel and in offices.

New laws came into effect in New South Wales on Monday, requiring "check-ins" with QR codes in hospitality facilities and limiting the number of people per 2 square metres in pubs and restaurants.

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The NSW Government will also purchase Rapid-Antigen Test kits and make them free to individuals across the state, giving people more alternatives and allowing those who require a PCR test to acquire one.

Any unvaccinated person who arrives in NSW, having been in a country other than Australia anytime in the 14 days before, their arrival must undertake a mandatory quarantine period in a quarantine facility or medical facility.

Premier Dominic Perrottet stated that these measures would help to take the pressure off their health system and keep the community safe until more people could get their booster shots.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the state government was considering lifting the requirement for health workers to isolate themselves after being exposed to COVID-19 because of staff shortages.

The Australian government has also taken a vaccine roll-out initiative as vaccination is the best way to keep the community safe. People aged 12 years and over can book an appointment to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Appointments for 5 to 11-year-olds will start from 10 January 2022.

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Trend analysis of COVID-19 cases in Australia

In 2020, number of cases reached the initial peak at the end of March following by a period of low cases. The cases started to increase from mid-June 2020 and reached a secondary peak in early August 2020. The number of cases subsequently decreased and remained modest, with peaks in mid-late December 2020 and mid-late April 2021. From late June 2021, the number of cases increased and peaked from late September to mid-October 2021. From mid-December 2021, case numbers started to increase again.

Bottom line

With daily rising cases of COVID-19, the NSW government is taking cautious measures to prevent another wave of infection. Along with social distancing and isolation guidelines, the government has also improved vaccination accessibility for all, across the country.

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