Australia suffers deadliest pandemic day  — Analysis

Australia’s deadliest day ever of the Covid-19 epidemic has been recorded. This is because the Omicron variant keeps putting a strain upon hospitals. However, infections were in decline. 

This latest surge has seen an increase in hospital admissions for Australians over the past two years. The Tuesday death toll was 77, more than on Thursday’s national record of 57. 

However, there were fewer daily infections than usual last week. A total of 73,000 infections were reported Tuesday, a decrease from the high of 150,000 on Thursday.

“Today is a very difficult day for our state,”New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet stated in a press briefing that he had received a record-breaking 36 deaths from his state. 

The majority of the people who were killed on Tuesday did not receive their booster shots, which prompted state officials to urge more Australians to get vaccines as soon as possible.

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Meanwhile, the state of Victoria declared ‘code brown’ emergency measures, which allow staff to be redeployed to critical areas. This allows hospitals to delay or cancel non-urgent services.

Greg Hunt, the Health Minister said that authorities also have activated plans for private hospitals to transfer more than 100,000 employees and as many as 57,000 nurses to Omicron affected areas across the country.

Rising case numbers caused a decline in consumer spending and confidence. Many Australians took self-imposed lockdowns. Consumer confidence fell to its lowest level since October 2020.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ratings also took a hit amid the Omicron-driven surge, with a poll this week showing only 41% of Australians said he was doing a good job.

Australia has recorded 1.6million infections since the pandemic started. Of these, 1.3 million occurred within the last week. Total death toll is 2,776

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