Australia’s most populous state reports death of first omicron

SYDNEY (AP) – The Australian state of New South Wales reported more than 6,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and confirmed its first death from the omicron variant.

The fatal case has been identified as a man in his 60s who was infected at an elderly care facility in western Sydney. He was fully immunized but had underlying health issues.

New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, reported 6,324 new infections on Monday, down 70 from the previous day’s record number. There were 524 people hospitalized, including 55 in intensive care.

New measures came into effect Monday in New South Wales, including limits of one person per 2 square meters (22 square feet) at bars and restaurants and mandatory “check-ins” with QR codes at venues. ‘homepage.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the state government is considering lifting the requirement for health workers to self-isolate after being exposed to COVID-19 due to a staff shortage.

Victoria state on Monday reported 1,999 new cases with three deaths.

The commander of the state response to COVID-19, Jeroen Weimar, said Victoria has moved on to random genomic testing for the omicron variant to better understand its spread.

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