Australia records first Omicron death

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Published: 2021-12-27 15:29

Last Updated: 2022-01-23 06:14


Australia records first Omicron death
Australia records first Omicron death

Monday, health authorities in Australia announced the registration of the first death from the new strain of coronavirus “Omicron,” in light of a significant increase in the number of people infected with the virus in the country.

However, the authorities in Australia have refrained from imposing additional restrictions, saying that the rate of those who have undergone hospitalization due to the new variant is still low, according to Reuters.

Authorities said the death was a man in his 80s who had medical issues.

No more information regarding the death was disclosed, apart from the fact that he was infected while in a nursing home, and died in a Sydney hospital.

An official said that this is the first recorded death in the country from Omicron.

The variant Omicron began to spread within Australia as soon as the authorities eased some restrictions, and allowed for Australians from abroad to return without quarantine.

All this led to an increase in the number of people infected. Three states in Australia reported 9,107 infections, Monday, possibly pushing the country towards a new peak.