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Omicron peak two weeks away: Australia’s Queensland

Commuters wear protective face masks as they enter Central Station following the implementation of new public health regulations from the state of New South Wales, as the city grapples with an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

On Saturday, Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), reported 64 deaths from COVID-19, and reiterated the fact that the Omicron COVID-19 type would not delay the start of the school year.

The news: COVID-19-related deaths were documented in 30 cases in NSW, 20 cases in Victoria, and 10 cases in Queensland.

  • The countrywide death toll of 64 was down from 86 on Friday, the pandemic’s bloodiest day since it began.
  • For the two largest states, NSW and Victoria, the school year begins in just over a week, and kids are prepared to return to classes.
  • Parents should vaccinate their children before they return to school, according to a NSW health expert. Vaccination appointments for children aged 5 to 11 years old have only been accessible in Australia for two weeks, which means that most children will not have received two doses before the start of school.
  • “There is no doubt there are going to be challenges as we open schools,” NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Saturday.

What’s going on: Queensland, with 15,050 new cases, is two weeks behind NSW, which is thought to have reached the top of the Omicron outbreak, with 20,148 new cases recorded on Saturday.

  • The statistics backed up a decision by Queensland health officials to delay the start of school in the northern state by two weeks to avoid the peak of COVID-19 infections.
  • Western Australia’s enormous mining state had cancelled plans to reopen its borders on Feb. 5, citing health hazards from a COVID-19 outbreak in eastern states.
  • On Saturday, about 55,000 new cases were reported across Australia, with only seven in Western Australia.

Despite a record number of cases, all states and territories, with the exception of Western Australia, have reopened their internal borders under a policy of living with COVID-19. Western Australia was supposed to follow suit the following month.

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