The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) reported a record number of new Covid-19 cases on Thursday for the third day in a row, with 5,715 infections.
The daily total is almost 2,000 cases higher than the day before. And only Tuesday, NSW first reported more than 3,000 daily cases during the pandemic.
Covid cases are rapidly increasing in Australia, with the Omicron variant posing a new threat just as states and cities began to relax restrictions.
A nationwide death was reported as of Wednesday: a man in his 40s who had not been vaccinated and had underlying health conditions, NSW Health said in a release.
NSW – Australia’s most populous state – currently has 347 Covid-19 patients hospitalized with 45 in intensive care, 13 of whom require ventilators.
The state has recorded a total of 112,307 cases of Covid-19, NSW Health said.
Victoria cases on the rise: The neighboring southern state of Victoria reported 2,005 new cases on Thursday — an increase of more than 500 infections from the previous day, according to a press release from the Department of Health.
There are 398 Covid-19 patients in hospital in Victoria, 72 of whom are in intensive care and 39 of them on a ventilator.