Australians in hospital with COVID hit new record


Al Jazeera English reports: About 5,450 Australians are in hospital with COVID-19 amid the spread of highly contagious new Omicron sub-variants.

The number of Australians admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 has hit a record of about 5,450 on Monday, official data showed, as the spread of highly contagious new Omicron sub-variants stretches the healthcare system nationwide.

The figure has grown since late June, as the BA.4 and BA.5 strains became dominant since they can evade immune protection from vaccination or prior infection, while some experts say the latter can be as infectious as measles.

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