Exceeds new COVID cases in New South Wales, in Australia, topped 3,000 for the first time. Because of this adding pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to speed up the launch of booster injections.
Reported 3,057 new coronavirus cases and two deaths as a record in the state of New South Wales. Also, there were ‘284 people in hospitals, up from 261 the day earlier, and 39 in intensive care units, up from 33’.
Morrison has called an informal meeting of the federal cabinet, a forum of prime ministers of state and territory ministers for exceeds of new COVID cases rise in New South Wales and Victoria at Australia.
Morrison is getting pressure from the prime ministers of those states to reduce the gap between the second dose of vaccine and a booster shot to four months from six months.
Victoria state in Australia reported 1,245 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths recently.
The health ministers of New South Wales and Victoria have asked the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization to make specific determinations for accelerated booster programs in both states. In part to get ahead of the new omicron strain of the virus.
The advisory group is reportedly thinking of changing the meaning of fully vaccinated to refer to people who have also received a booster shot, including two doses of the vaccine.
Some states in Australia require masks in public places such as bars, restaurants, and other indoor public stages. New South Wales has opposed reverting to mask mandates.
Morrison has also said he favors mandates, even over the omicron variant. He said Australia would have to keep calibrating how it lives with the virus.
Morrison said the time for it heavy hand is behind us. It is time to meet and trust Australians who show to have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.
He said that we must move from a culture of mandates to responsibility. It is how we live with this virus in the future.