COVID-19 cases drop in NSW and Victoria despite dire forecasts
New South Wales has recorded 14,034 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, a drop from yesterday.
Seven people died with the virus, and 39 people are in intensive care.
There are 998 people in hospital with the disease, up slightly from yesterday.
Yesterday, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard forecast that COVID-19 numbers would double in the state in a matter of weeks.
His forecast was based on the exponential growth of the Omicron BA.2 sub-variant, a more infectious strain of the virus.
“It’s very preliminary and we need to do a lot more digging,” Mr Hazzard said.
“But we are concerned at this point that BA.2 is amongst us and overtaking BA.1.”
The state recorded 16,288 cases yesterday, up dramatically from the 9017 cases announced on Sunday.
Cases were also down in Victoria, with 6811 people testing positive.
Ten people died with the virus, and there are 27 people in intensive care.
There are 185 people hospitalised with the disease, three fewer than yesterday.
Victoria recorded 7779 new cases yesterday and eight deaths.
Queensland also saw a slight drop in cases with 4327 new infections recorded, compared to 4571 yesterday.
Another eight lives were lost and there are 16 people in intensive care being treated.
There are currently 27,018 active cases across Queensland and a total of 250 people in hospital with COVID-19.
Western Australia recorded 5005 new COVID-19 cases overnight, an increase from yesterday’s 3594.
There were zero deaths recorded, but there are now three people in intensive care being treated for the virus.
A total of 20,788 Western Australians are currently infected and there are 92 cases in hospital.
National cabinet will be discussing a forecast winter wave of COVID-19 and the flu when they meet today.
The federal government is expected to allocate $2.1 billion to a management plan, after health experts spent months predicting a surge in respiratory illnesses during the winter.
Australia has not seen widespread winter flu for about two years, with COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns largely preventing a viral spread.