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New records for hospitalisations and COVID-19 cases in Australia

New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, reported 23,131 new cases. This is an increase from the 22,577 New Year's Day cases. The number of people admitted to hospitals was 1,344, an increase of 140 over the previous day and 78 above the September record. A total of 83,376 patients were tested for the new cases, which has a positive rate of 28%.

On Tuesday, Victoria reported 14,020 cases surpassing Monday's record of 8,577. 516 people were admitted to hospitals, with 108 being in intensive care.

These new figures mean that Australia has now passed the grim milestone with 500,000 COVID-19 case.

Kerry Chant, Chief Medical Officer of New South Wales, urged people Monday not to seek treatment in hospital unless absolutely necessary.

She stated that it is crucial that everyone plays their part in ensuring that the health system does not become too burdensome.

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Canada, rejected Monday's calls for federal government to free rapid antigen testing. This was partly to ease pressure on PCR testing centers.

Chris Moy, Vice President of the Australian Medical Association, stated that large numbers have been laid off after contracting the virus. This makes it difficult for workers to provide proper patient care.

Moy explained to ABC Radio that you have a double-whammy with many patients and staff being furloughed simultaneously.

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