Observing the international COVID landscape as Australia eases restrictions

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Western Australia and Queensland are more than 24 hours away from aligning with eased restrictions in both New South Wales and Victoria, signaling a light at the end of the tunnel of normalcy.

Overseas, many populous countries are facing new battles and are looking for ways to avoid lockdowns.

In Beijing, residents are carrying out tests every two weeks to ensure the Chinese capital distances itself from another health crisis – which has been seen in Shanghai.

A month-long lockdown has caused economic strain, as testing regimes resume. A reported 20 million of Beijing’s 22 million will be tested three times in a single week.

In America, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Doctor Anthony Fauci warns that the pandemic is not over despite the high number of vaccinations.

“We are at a different moment of the pandemic”, Fauci said.

Those in the United States are just emerging from a difficult winter period, “we have now slowed down and moved to a more controlled phase”, he said.

“This does not in any way mean that the pandemic is over.”

On Thursday, global COVID cases surpassed the colossal figure of 511 million.

Meanwhile, Covid cases and hospitalizations in Australia and New Zealand look like this:

Western Australia

  • New cases: 8,889
  • Covid-related deaths: 7
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 237 / 6

North territory

  • New cases: 564
  • Covid-related deaths: 3
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 50 / 2

Australian Capital Territory

  • New cases: 1,149
  • Covid-related deaths: 0
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 69 / 3

queensland

  • New cases: 7,718
  • Covid-related deaths: 7
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 542 / 15

New South Wales

  • New cases: 13,771
  • Covid-related deaths: 19
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 1,701 / 76

Victoria

  • New cases: 10,427
  • Covid-related deaths: 10
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 445 / 35

South Australia

  • New cases: 3,733
  • Covid-related deaths: 4
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 240 / 11

Tasmania

  • New cases: 1,202
  • Covid-related deaths: 0
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 40 / 1

New Zealand

  • New cases: 9,047
  • Covid-related deaths: 13
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 473 / 17

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