Victoria has become the first Australian jurisdiction to record over 3,000 deaths from Covid, while reporting an increase in cases alongside NSW.
Victoria reached an unwanted Covid milestone after becoming the first Australian jurisdiction to record over 3,000 deaths from the virus.
The Victoria Department of Health reported 14 new deaths related to Covid on Thursday, bringing the total number of lives lost to the virus in the state to 3,012.
Thursday’s total daily deaths were also the highest in the state since Saturday.
Australia has seen more Covid-related deaths as a whole since borders were reopened and restrictions relaxed, with the 2022 death toll already doubling the number of deaths in 2020 and 2021.
Almost half of the total deaths related to Covid del Victoria have been recorded this year alone.
The state vaccine economy and family contacts were eliminated late last month, but vaccine requirements for workers in some industries remain in place.
It comes as the total daily cases in Victoria and NSW have continued to grow, with over 30,000 new infections registered between them.
NSW Health reported 18,529 new cases on Thursday, a huge jump of nearly 6,600 from the day before.
The state recorded 21 new Covid-related deaths, bringing the total number of lives lost in the state since the start of the pandemic to 2,846.
It is also the third consecutive day in NSW that over 20 people have died from the virus.
NSW has seen an increase in its COVID hospitalizations by 1539, up 19 since Wednesday, while its numbers in ICU have actually dropped.
There are 11,596 new infections in Victoria, an increase of 817 from the day before.
492 people are also hospitalized, including 29 in intensive care.
It comes as Australia grapples with the detection of three new Covid Omicron sub-variants across the country.
Health authorities also warn of a possible spike in influenza and Covid cases during the winter, now that majority restrictions have been lifted.
Originally published as Victoria becomes the first state to register over 3,000 deaths from Covid