Daily Covid-19 cases in NSW are continuing to soar, increasing by an astonishing 35 per cent in just 24 hours as Omicron variants run rampant across Australia.
Another 18,669 new infections were announced on Friday, rising from 13,829 on Thursday and 15,352 daily cases on Wednesday.
Another 15 people have died, with 2,202 people in hospital and 55 of those in intensive care.
The daily case total was the highest in well over three months when 20,396 cases were recorded on April 8.
NSW’s Covid caseload has seen a dramatic increase this week, with just 9,761 new infections announced on Monday.
Wednesday’s figures were the highest recorded in the state since May 5.
Victoria sees slight drop in Covid cases
Despite a few exceptions, Victoria has typically seen cases below 10,000 a day throughout June and July.
On Friday, the state announced 12,278 new infections and another 25 lives lost.
Of the active cases, 840 are in hospital, with 33 of those in the ICU and seven on ventilators.
The new cases for Friday is a slight drop from the 14,312 new infections and 37 deaths reported on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Victoria announced 12,984 cases.
Most Australian states are battling the latest Covid wave driven by the highly infectious Omicron sub variants, with the Australian Department of Health and Aged Services revealing more than 55,000 new infections across the country on Thursday.
There are a total of 5,360 Aussies in hospital, 162 of which are in the ICU and 32 on ventilators.
The country is nearing 11,000 total deaths.
Child Covid vaccine data under review
The country's leading immunisation advisory group says it is still considering data on whether to give the final approval to Covid-19 vaccines for young children.
Following its latest meeting, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation said a decision was yet to be made on whether to sign off on Moderna's vaccine for children as young as six months.
The medical regulator granted provisional approval for the vaccine earlier this week, but the advisory group will still need to give the green light for the rollout to proceed.
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