Has Australia’s third COVID-19 wave plateaued? Growth of fresh cases dips

Highlights

  • In the last seven days, fresh cases have grown 8%.
  • The third wave of the pandemic seems to be plateauing.
  • One million doses of Moderna set to be rolled out next week.

The growth in fresh COVID-19 cases has slowed down in Australia much to the relief of 27 million population – a vast number of whom have been under stay-at-home order for almost three months now.

Even though fresh cases are still growing, yet it is far below the growth numbers we were seeing earlier – indicating the plateau of the third wave of contagious pandemic. During the last seven days, the country has reported 12,361 cases – up just 8% from the preceding period. This can be seen as a strong improvement from the previous weeks, when numbers were growing near 50%.

The daily fresh infections have also remained stagnant between the range of 1,700 to 1,800 cases a day – as some of the major cities are mulling to come out of the clutch of the three-month long lockdown.

According to the latest numbers provided by country’s health department, a total of 80,402 cases of COVID-19 has been reported in Australia, including 1,128 deaths, and approximately 18,951 active cases.

“Over the past week, there has been an average of 1,775 new cases reported each day. Of the newly reported cases, the majority have been from New South Wales,” the health department said.

Of cases with a reported place of acquisition, 87% were locally acquired, it added.

Till date, more than 34.9 million tests have been conducted nationally. Of those tests conducted, the positivity rate stands at 0.2%.

Meanwhile, the country’s vaccine rollout has received yet another boost with one million doses of the Moderna vaccine to arrive this weekend.

Australian Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said that the vaccine would be rolled out to pharmacies following a batch test by Australia’s medical regulator.

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