Australia’s international borders will remain open with no new restrictions despite the country recording its first Omicron death and a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. Authorities refrained from imposing new restrictions stating that hospitalisation rates remained low.
Omicron, which health experts say appears more contagious but less virulent than previous strains, began to spread just as Australia’s international borders reopen after shutting since last March. Its case numbers, however, have shot to the highest of the pandemic.
“Although we are seeing increased case numbers … we are not seeing the impacts on our hospital system,” said Annastacia Palaszczuk, premier of Queensland which reported 784 new cases with four people in hospital.