Vaccination rates key to avoiding Omicron outbreak
New South Wales reported a drop in cases on Monday with 150 new infections.
Currently, 170 people are hospitalized, while 25 of them are in intensive care.
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The new cases were detected from 47,175 swabs collected on Sunday.
As of Monday morning, more than 92% of residents over the age of 16 are now fully vaccinated, while 94.5% have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine.
In the meantime, the Prime Minister promises a “very bright summer “ for the state, despite the new variant Omicron.
Health officials are now investigating whether a third overseas traveler could be infected with the new strain of coronavirus after landing in Sydney.
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said he was confident the state would overcome this latest challenge.
“The pandemic is not over but we must continue to open our State, open our people to the world”
“In the last 24 hours, 141 people from these nine affected countries have entered, there are maybe three positive cases,Said Mr. Perrottet.
“We don’t just need to learn to live alongside Covid, we also need to learn to live alongside variants”
“We are very confident, based on our high vaccination rate”, he said, “Vaccination is the key to ensuring NSW can continue to open up safely.”
Meanwhile, with 141 travelers from ‘high risk’ areas of southern Africa entering New South Wales in the past 24 hours, Mr Perrottet confirmed there had been “two maybe three” positive cases reported.
Looking ahead, the prime minister said he supports a singular ‘one nation’ approach to the new strain of virus, as opposed to states and territories working in silos like ‘a set of penal colonies ”.
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