NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Australia To Push Ahead With Reopening Amid Record COVID-19 Cases.

Australia To Push Ahead With Reopening Amid Record COVID-19 Cases

Australia's daily total hit a record of more than 37,150 COVID-19 cases.

Sydney:

Australia's government said the milder impact of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 meant the country could push ahead with plans to reopen the economy even as new infections hit a record of more than 37,000 and the number of people hospitalised rose.

Record daily case numbers were reported on Monday in the states of Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, as well as the Australian Capital Territory.

In New South Wales, there were 20,794 cases, higher than Sunday's figure but below the daily record of 22,577 set on Saturday, with testing numbers lower over the New Year's holiday weekend.

The national daily total hit a record of more than 37,150 cases, exceeding Saturday's 35,327 cases, with Western Australia and the Northern Territory still to report.

"We have to stop thinking about case numbers and think about serious illness, living with the virus, managing our own health and ensuring that we're monitoring those symptoms and we keep our economy going," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Channel Seven.

Hospitalisations rose to 1,204 in New South Wales, up more than 10% from Sunday and more than three times the level on Christmas Day.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the advice to the government was that the Omicron strain was more transmissible but also milder than other variants, which reduced the risk to both individuals and the health system.

Michael Bonning, chairman of the Australian Medical Association's New South Wales Council, said the significant increase in hospitalisations combined with the peak holiday period and the number of health workers exposed to COVID were putting pressure on capacity.

"With both the Christmas period and with hospital workers being furloughed due to their close contact status.... we're finding that it is becoming quite difficult to staff, especially critical areas of hospitals," he told ABC Television.

In late December, the government changed its advice on when people should get a free PCR test for COIVD-19, and is calling for greater use of rapid antigen tests, in part to relieve pressure on testing capacity.

But the rapid antigen tests are in short supply, and Morrison said the government would not cover the cost for people to test themselves, which he put at A$15 ($10.90).

"We're at another stage of this pandemic now, where we just can't go round and make everything free," he said.

Eight deaths from COVID had been reported on Monday, taking the national toll through the pandemic to more than 2,260.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Related news
Senate starts debate on voting rights bill with no Republican support.

Senate starts debate on voting rights bill with no Republican support.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is moving forward with debate on the voting rights bill. CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes, Politico's national political correspondent Meridith McGraw, and Wall Street Journal congressional...

History of racism in America is history ‘stolen from all of us’: Jeffery Robinson.

History of racism in America is history ‘stolen from all of us’: Jeffery Robinson.

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks to Jeffery Robinson, former ACLU deputy legal director, about his new documentary, “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America.​" ABC News Live Prime, Weekdays at 7EST & 9EST WATCH the ABC News Live Stream Here: SUB...

'The Five' reacts to media shifting blame on Biden's failures.

'The Five' reacts to media shifting blame on Biden's failures.

'The Five' panel discusses the 'Biden effect' as GOP support surges and president's agenda falls flat. #FoxNews #TheFive Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompa...

Bills introduced to ban lawmakers from stock trading.

Bills introduced to ban lawmakers from stock trading.

Senators on both sides of the aisle have introduced bills that would stop lawmakers from trading stocks. Jaime Rogozinski, the founder of Wall Street Bets, joins "Red and Blue" to discuss the issue. CBSN is CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news se...

Senate Democrats go forward with voting rights debate despite expected failure.

Senate Democrats go forward with voting rights debate despite expected failure.

Political experts weigh in as Senate debates on voting rights ahead of Wednesday’s filibuster showdown and give insight on what Democrats are trying to accomplish.

House Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Giuliani, Other Trump Aides

House Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Giuliani, Other Trump Aides

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas Tuesday to Rudy Giuliani,  Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell and Boris Epshteyn and accused them of promoting lies about the 2020 election.  » Subscribe to NBC News:...