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Australia vows to 'push through' Omicron wave as infections cross 1 million

CoronavirusJan 10, 2022 04:15AM ET
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By Renju Jose

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia must "push through" the fast-moving Omicron outbreak, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, as infections surpassed 1 million, more than half in the past week alone, throwing a strain on hospitals and supply chains.

Although aggressive lockdowns and tough border controls kept a lid on infections earlier in the pandemic, Australia is now battling record infections in its effort to live with the virus after higher vaccination rates.

Growing hospital admissions have forced officials to restore curbs in some states, as businesses grapple with shortages of staff because of sickness or isolation requirements.

Morrison, facing pressure at the start of an election year, plans changes to isolation rules to allow work in food production and distribution by those who have been in close contact with asymptomatic infections.

"Omicron is a gear change and we have to push through," the prime minister told a media briefing in the capital, Canberra. "You've got two choices here: you can push through or you can lock down. We are for pushing through."

Morrison, who will submit his proposals to state leaders at a meeting of the national cabinet this week, plans to eventually widen the changes to transport and other key sectors.

Even though Australia was dealing with serious volumes of cases, health systems were coping, Morrison added. More than 3,500 people are in hospital, up from about 2,000 a week ago.

Data from a Reuters tally showed Australia's infections crossed 1 million on Monday, with more than half in the last week alone.

Supply issues could persist for another three weeks, said supermarket chain Woolworths, where one in five employees is in quarantine.

"At this stage, there is enough product in our supply chain to meet the needs of customers," Chief Executive Brad Banducci told ABC Radio. "It might not always be their favourite brand, unfortunately."

Australia's strict border rules are again in the public eye after it cancelled an entry visa for star tennis player Novak Djokovic because of questions about his vaccine exemption.

The judge hearing Djokovic's legal challenge to the decision to revoke his visa aired concerns about the Serbian's treatment by border officials on his arrival.

CASE NUMBER IS 'UNDERESTIMATE'

Health officials warned Monday's figure of just over 67,000 infections could be an "underestimate", as reports from some states do not include those who tested positive in at-home rapid antigen tests. Sunday's tally was just under 100,000.

Total COVID-19 infections in Australia touched 1.04 million since its first case nearly two years ago.

The death toll stands at 2,387, though the Omicron wave has caused fewer deaths than previous outbreaks, with 92% of those over 16 having received two vaccine doses.

As its booster programme gathers pace, Australia began rolling out from Monday inoculations with Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)'s vaccines for children aged five to 11.

Australia vows to 'push through' Omicron wave as infections cross 1 million
 

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Bert g7
Bert g7 Jan 10, 2022 2:14AM ET
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#freenovak
Joseph Accetturo
Joseph Accetturo Jan 10, 2022 1:59AM ET
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so those extreme lockdowns are working then.?
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone Jan 10, 2022 1:45AM ET
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Dang flu.. with a 99.6% survival rate.
Martijn WN
Speculeerbeer Jan 10, 2022 1:45AM ET
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Your ignorance is mind-boggling. Several people have tried to explain the issue with covid to you, but if you still don't understand it, after 2 years of covid, then you're either too stupid or unwilling to learn. Again, and try to get it into your thick skull, the survival rate is not the most important metric. It's hospitalisations and the average time a covid patient is in the hospital and in need of intensive care.
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone Jan 10, 2022 1:45AM ET
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Hunter? Is that you? Hey I bought one of your new, but I've come to realize it Sucks. Also.. Your Dad is an illegitimate President. L.G.B.
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone Jan 10, 2022 1:45AM ET
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bought one of your "paintings", I meant
Kaveh Sun
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If they cant deal with 3.5k in the hospitals, they should dismantle their health care system.
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Speculeerbeer Jan 10, 2022 1:17AM ET
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These are new cases. Keep in mind that on average, covid patients need critical care for more than 2 weeks. That makes the rise in hospitalisations worrying. They'll be able to cope with it for now, but obviously, if cases keep rising like this, and hospital admissions follow, then it will again put enormous pressure on the system. Please inform yourself before taking your ignorance to the comment section. Thanks.
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Jan 09, 2022 8:31PM ET
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New World Order. This has nothing to do with the flu. Digital passports. You're being infected with micro technology so you can be tracked and all of your assets will be therein. They've already done it in a province in North China. you can thumb me down all you want and call me crazy. BUT you'll soon see what this charade is really all about. I'm sorry the lot of you have as much sense as a 🪳.
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John Avenetti you are right, John
Sean Connery
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Will you buy my swamp land in Florida I got stuck with??
Sean Connery
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Wait, Donald Trump is this you??
Steven Jacobs
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You’re so absurd its painful
Martijn WN
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Since when did this website become a place for conspiracy nuts? There are so many of these ignorant comments. It's quite frustrating.
 
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