Due to the high prevalence of two new omikron variants of Corona, the Australian government is advising companies to allow their employees to work from home, according to reports. Reuters. It is also recommended to wear mouth and nose coverings indoors and take booster shots.
The country is in the midst of a third omicron wave caused by two new highly contagious sub-variants. More than 300,000 new cases have been recorded in the past seven days, but the actual number may be much higher.
On Tuesday, 50,000 new infections were counted, the most in a single day in the past two months. The number of hospitalizations will soon reach an all-time high, Paul Kelly, the chief public health adviser, said in a radio interview.
“We need to do some things differently, at least for a short period of time,” Kelly said. “We know that working from home plays a key role in combating what we call the ubiquity of the disease.”
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese receives his fourth dose of the Corona vaccine.
There are currently about 5,300 Australians in hospital with COVID-19, a number just below the record of 5,390 set in January during the novel coronavirus outbreak. People who are now in hospital have variants BA.4 and BA.5.
After more workers started coming into contact with the disease, Australia reintroduced support payments last week to self-quarantine workers due to the coronavirus infection. A number of primary health workers are also ill or in isolation.
The authorities indicated that the delay in vaccination exacerbates the health crisis. So far, 95 percent of people over 16 have received two doses, but about 71 percent have received three or more doses.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Australia remained just under 9 million and 10,845 people have officially died from the effects of the virus, much lower than in many other countries.
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