NSW has recorded a record high 23,131 new COVID cases over the past 24 hours and two deaths:
Victoria has also posted a record high 14,020 new COVID cases and two deaths:
The next chart plots the explosion of cases across both jurisdictions since the Delta outbreak last winter:
Active cases have exploded across both jurisdictions:
Hospitalisations are also rising alongside the explosion of cases:
On a more positive note, COVID deaths have yet to accelerate:
In related news, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will urge national cabinet to adopt a new definition of pandemic hospitalisation when it meets on 5 January. This follows both NSW and Victoria admitting that many people in their hospitals that are recorded as COVID-19 cases were admitted for another reason, and have been found to have the infection when tested.
Morrison’s call also follows a decline in the number of infected patients on ventilators in Australian hospitals from 54 on 15 December to 51 on Monday, while Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Society president Anthony Holley says the nation’s hospitals are well prepared for any surge in ICU patients.