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Covid-19 Australia: Doherty Institute director says Omicron cases are on the rise, but are getting less severe

Australia’s top doctor behind Covid modeling has GOOD news about the country’s Omicron wave, even as she predicts ‘very, very high’ cases – and insists it’s safe to relax restrictions

  • Doherty Institute director warned Omicron cases will rise to ‘very high’ level
  • Sharon Lewin said lower taxes meant restrictions could start to ease



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The director of the Doherty Institute has expressed her support for easing restrictions, despite forecasting that Omicron cases will rise to “very high” levels.

Sharon Lewin said the “brakes cannot be fully released” and warned that some protective measures still need to be enforced, such as wearing a mask.

She pointed out that the Omicron strain was less severe than other variants, such as Delta, and would lead to fewer hospitalizations.

“The predictions are that we will see very, very high numbers of cases,” she told Channel 9’s Today on Friday.

Doherty Institute director has expressed her support for easing restrictions despite forecasting Omicron cases will rise to 'very high' levels

Doherty Institute director has expressed her support for easing restrictions despite forecasting Omicron cases will rise to ‘very high’ levels

Sharon Lewin said the 'brakes cannot be fully released' and warned that some protective measures still need to be enforced - such as wearing a mask

Sharon Lewin said the 'brakes cannot be fully released' and warned that some protective measures still need to be enforced - such as wearing a mask

Sharon Lewin said the ‘brakes cannot be fully released’ and warned that some protective measures still need to be enforced – such as wearing a mask

She pointed out that the Omicron strain was less severe than other variants, such as Delta, and would lead to fewer hospitalizations

She pointed out that the Omicron strain was less severe than other variants, such as Delta, and would lead to fewer hospitalizations

She pointed out that the Omicron strain was less severe than other variants, such as Delta, and would lead to fewer hospitalizations

“But what we’re hoping, and based on what we’re seeing around the world, is that it won’t lead to large numbers of hospitalizations.”

The Doherty Institute is a trusted organization that has repeatedly provided Covid-19 modeling to the federal government since the start of the pandemic.

The latest modeling showed that Australia could register as many as 200,000 cases per day by the end of January.

The Doherty Institute claims the country could have millions of Covid cases within weeks without imposing low to medium restrictions, including visitor limits and density in pubs, cafes and restaurants.

As part of the predicted 200,000 cases per day, researchers predicted the number of hospital admissions could reach 4,000 per day – putting a heavy strain on the medical system.

She pointed out that the Omicron strain was less severe than other variants, such as Delta, and would lead to fewer hospitalizations

She pointed out that the Omicron strain was less severe than other variants, such as Delta, and would lead to fewer hospitalizations

She pointed out that the Omicron strain was less severe than other variants, such as Delta, and would lead to fewer hospitalizations

“There’s going to be a hospitalization. So we can’t really put the brakes on here and that’s why it’s important to wear mouth caps when you’re gone.’

That’s why it’s important that everyone who is eligible for boosters gets them now, after four months.

“Even though Omicron is much less severe, having a very large group of people infected still puts pressure on our health care system.”

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