Australian health officials have registered 64,700 new COVID-19 infections, an unprecedented number in the pandemic, as hospital admissions continue to rise.
Australian health officials believe cases will continue to rise in the coming weeks and could begin to decline in February.
Meanwhile, hospital admissions for COVID-19 are increasing in different parts of Australia, but authorities believe the majority of patients admitted to intensive care units are infected with the Delta variant. More than 3,000 people are currently being admitted to the country with the disease.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given assurances that the country will “weather the wave of omicrones,” while also announcing that around 6.6 million Australians will be offered ten free antigen tests over three months, The Sidney Morning Herald reported .
Austria has reported around 550,000 COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began, with more than 2,200 deaths from the disease.