SYDNEY: Australia has likely neared the peak of its Omicron wave, authorities said on Saturday (Jan 15), but warned daily infections will linger near record levels for “the next few weeks” after more than 100,000 cases were reported for a fourth straight day.
Having limited the spread of the coronavirus through tough restrictions earlier in the pandemic, Australia is now suffering record caseloads from the Omicron variant.
Most parts of the country have shifted to a strategy of living with the virus as they reached higher vaccination rates.
More than 1.2 million infections have been recorded this year, compared with 200,000 for 2020 and 2021 combined.
“We are not through it yet and I think there are still going to be a large number of cases diagnosed in Australia over the next few weeks,” Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly told a news briefing, referring to the Omicron outbreak.
But modelling from some states “leads me to believe that we are close to the peak of this wave in terms of cases”, he said.