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‘We’re all going to have Omicron’: NSW health minister warning as state registers 6,394 cases | Australia News

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New South Wales reported 6,394 new infections on Boxing Day and 458 cases in hospital, with the Minister of Health warning “we are all going to have Omicron”.

The number of cases is a slight increase from the already record number of cases reported on Christmas Day.

“We expect that virtually everyone in NSW will get Omicron at some point… and if we are all going to get Omicron, the best way to deal with it is when we have full vaccinations, including our recall, ”said Brad Hazzard.

“The challenge for us in the state is to make sure our healthcare system can cope with this oncoming virus that is so transmissible.”

There are currently 2,000 healthcare workers on leave across the state, prompting Hazzard to warn residents to “think carefully” before calling an ambulance or going to hospital due to The “enormous pressure” currently on the system.

Queensland has 714 new cases, another daily record for the state, with seven people hospitalized and none in intensive care.

South Australia has registered 774 new cases of Covid and has tightened public health and social restrictions in response.

Gyms will return to density limits of one person per seven square meters, effective now. From midnight, the reception areas will return to a density limit of one person per four square meters for indoor meals.

Home gatherings will be reduced to 10 people.

The state was due to ease restrictions again on December 28. PCR tests will no longer be mandatory for interstate arrivals.

Victoria reported a slight decrease in the number of daily cases, with 1,608 new Covid-19 infections, including 374 in hospital.

The ACT recorded 71 new cases, only one of which was hospitalized.

Tasmania has reported 44 new cases of Covid, a slight jump from Saturday’s number bringing to 157 active cases on the island. One person is treated in hospital and none requires intensive care.

It comes as thousands of Australians have experienced a lonely holiday season in isolation due to contracting Covid-19 or contact with a case.

The country is struggling with its largest and most widespread epidemic, with the Omicron variant in every state and territory.

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Wearing a mask is mandatory in most states and territories as officials attempt to limit the spread of the highly infectious variant during the holiday season.

Meanwhile, wait times for tests and results have skyrocketed in several states.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet urged residents to rethink taking a PCR test if they were asymptomatic and had not been contacted by NSW Health due to continued pressure on the system.

He said wait times had skyrocketed to between 48 and 72 hours to receive a test result, but were over three days “in some cases.”

“Only go for a PCR test if you are required by NSW Health or if you are not feeling well or because of these interstate requirements by other governments across the country,” he said.

“We have worked closely with other state prime ministers to move from PCR testing to rapid antigen testing for people traveling between states… but in the meantime there will always be pressure on the system.”

As infections continue to rise, the federal government has announced that the wait for booster shots will be reduced twice in January.

From January 4, boosters will be advanced to four months after the second dose, compared to five months currently.

Then, starting January 31, people can get reminders after three months.

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About 7.5 million Australians will be eligible for their booster injection on January 4. This figure will rise to 16 million by the end of the month.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt praised Australians who rolled up their sleeves for their third dose.

“A big thank you to the Australians for pushing us past two million boosters,” he tweeted.

Some 123,500 injections were administered on Christmas Eve, including 94,072 boosters.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese used their Christmas messages to thank Australians for standing together and supporting each other during the pandemic.

“This pandemic continues to shake us … [but] Christmas is a time of hope and we are an optimistic people, ”said Morrison.

Albanese said Australians deserve to have a merry Christmas after two difficult years.

“With the opening of our borders again, we are getting back together. Out of Zoom and actually back in the room with family, friends and loved ones, ”he said.

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