BREAKING NEWS: Victoria reports 1,185 new Covid cases and seven deaths and NSW reports 260 cases as well as two deaths amid Omicron surge
- Victoria recorded 1185 new Covid cases and seven deaths overnight across state
- In NSW, a total of 260 new cases and two deaths were confirmed on Tuesday
- Victorian Premier Dan Andrews said he won’t pursue an ‘Omicron zero’ strategy
Victoria has reported 1185 new Covid cases – and seven deaths – amid a surge in Omicron case numbers overnight.
On Monday, there were 1073 new cases, with 13,050 active cases of coronavirus across the state.
In NSW, 260 new cases and two deaths were confirmed on Tuesday morning.
A total of 155 coronavirus patients are in hospital across the state, with 28 currently in intensive care.
On Monday, just 25 Omicron cases were recorded across both states.
Victoria has reported 1185 new Covid cases – and seven deaths – amid a surge in Omicron case numbers overnight
In NSW, 260 new cases and two deaths were confirmed on Tuesday (pictured, medical staff transporting a patient to hospital)
The figures follow Premier Daniel Andrews assuring Victorian residents the border with NSW would not be shut leading into Christmas.
He also confirmed the state won’t pursue an aggressive ‘Omicron zero’ strategy in a bid to lock out the new Covid-19 variant.
‘The notion that we try and keep this out forever…that just doesn’t make sense,’ he said.
‘We think that’s important not just for the people of Victoria and NSW, but if Victoria and NSW are working closely together, I reckon that’s pretty good for the rest of the country as well.’
Meanwhile, the Andrews government was warned earlier this year ongoing lockdowns were resulting in an increase in suicides shortly after Victoria entered its fourth lockdown in June.
A briefing note to mental health Minister James Merlino warned ‘Covid-related stressors’ were behind people taking their own lives.
The June 2021 ministerial briefing also reference data from Coroners Court data that nearly 10 per cent of suicides in the first year of the pandemic were linked to enforced Covid ‘policy decisions’.
It also warned ongoing lockdown measures were having a negative impact on mental health of countless residents.