NSW COVID cases plunge before Omicron onslaught

Victoria has recorded another 1007 COVID cases and three deaths:

By comparison, Victoria recorded only 150 COVID cases and zero deaths:

The next chart plots daily cases across both states and shows that NSW’s cases have plunged:

Active cases are now ticking higher in Victoria, but remain low and stable in NSW:

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More importantly, however, cases in hospital and ICU have fallen sharply:

Finally, with two confirmed cases of the new Omicron strain confirmed in NSW via a flight from Doha, the NSW Government has not ruled out reintroducing mandatory quarantine for all international travellers; although home isolation is expected to be the preferred option.

My concern is that with NSW and Victoria having first opened to overseas arrivals without needing to quarantine, and the Omicron virus likely already loose in the community, the non-virus states will keep their borders shut to NSW and Victoria well into 2022.

It’s feeling a lot like Groundhog Day.

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