Covid-19 Australia: Omicron wave passes peak with NSW and Victoria cases declining


Omicron wave probably has reached its peak, experts say – offering Aussies a glimmer of hope that more Covid restrictions will be eased

  • Omicron wave has passed its peak with cases to decline in NSW and Victoria
  • Epidemiologist said hospitalisation and death rates will likely fall in February
  • Hopes have been raised the dwindling number of cases could ease restrictions 


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The Omicron wave has passed its peak with case numbers to continue to decline in NSW and Victoria, according to epidemiologists.

Head of Monash University’s epidemiological modelling unit James Trauer revealed testing rates have stabilised while case numbers have continuously declined over the past week – in a positive sign the outbreak was on its way out. 

‘I’m pretty confident we’re on the decline now,’ Professor Trauer said. 

The Omicron wave has passed its peak with case numbers to continue to decline in NSW and Victoria, according to epidemiologists

The Omicron wave has passed its peak with case numbers to continue to decline in NSW and Victoria, according to epidemiologists

Head of Monash University's epidemiological modelling unit James Trauer revealed testing rates have stabilised while case numbers have continuously declined over the past week - in a positive sign the outbreak was on its way out

Head of Monash University's epidemiological modelling unit James Trauer revealed testing rates have stabilised while case numbers have continuously declined over the past week - in a positive sign the outbreak was on its way out

Head of Monash University’s epidemiological modelling unit James Trauer revealed testing rates have stabilised while case numbers have continuously declined over the past week – in a positive sign the outbreak was on its way out

Professor Trauer also believes hospitalisations and death rates will past their peak in February.

His conclusion comes after analysing the latest Covid-19 data from Victoria and NSW, which has also been looked at by two other epidemiologists.

Deakin University epidemiologist Catherine Bennett agreed the latest outbreak was on the decline.

‘We’re already seeing those numbers settle,’ Professor Bennett said.

‘We just have to prepare for the fact that there will be more mixing, but they’ll also be more testing … hopefully we’ll see [case numbers] continue to decline over the next couple of weeks.’

More to come 



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