NSW Health has recorded a pandemic high 38,625 new cases alongside 11 deaths:
Victoria recorded 21,728 new cases and six deaths:
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Roughly one-in-three people tested across both jurisdictions tested positive for COVID.
The next chart plots daily COVID cases since the Delta outbreak last winter:
Active cases continue to soar:
Hospitalisation rates also continue to rise:
Whereas deaths are rising more gradually:
The good news is that the number of people in ICU is significantly down on the number of people that were in ICU in NSW hospitals at the peak of its Delta wave in September, when there were just 27,997 active cases and 242 in ICU.
A similar decline can be seen in Victoria, which had 61,120 known active cases on Thursday and 51 people in ICU. At the height of its Delta wave in October, it had 25,035 active cases and 163 people in ICU.