Another COVID wave hits Tasmania, but not as hard as Omicron, health authorities say

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Another COVID wave hits Tasmania, but not as hard as Omicron, health authorities say

Daily COVID-19 case numbers are rising again in Tasmania, with the health department confirming the state is in the middle of another wave.

As of Wednesday, southern Tasmanians were being asked to reconsider their need to go to the Royal Hobart Hospital as it escalated its COVID management plan to level two in the wake of a COVID outbreak.

Health department secretary Kathrine Morgan-Wicks said the hospital was seeing an increasing number of COVID patients, as well as more COVID-related staff absences.

More than 2,200 new cases were officially recorded statewide in the Tasmanian government’s most recent weekly statistics, with the seven-day case number average having jumped up to 318.

By comparison, just a fortnight ago, for the week ending on November 5, the weekly case numbers were at 1,406, with it acknowledged that community transmission is usually higher than reported figures show.

The health department has confirmed this increase is the marker of a new wave of COVID in Tasmania, but reiterates there is no reason to panic.

So, what should Tasmanians be doing in the face of this new wave?

What will this next wave look like?

Deputy Director of Public Health Julie Graham said it was still unclear when the wave’s peak was likely to hit, or how long it might last.

However, she said with case numbers still significantly down on the level of infection experienced during the Omicron wave that gripped the state earlier this year, and with base vaccination levels high, it wasn’t expected that “continuing waves” would reach the extent Tasmania has experienced previously. 

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