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Covid Australia: Warning over new Omicron sub-variants on the rise across the country

Alarming warning about new Omicron sub-variants emerging across the country with fears that infections will rise – and no one is safe

Health authorities have issued a warning about a new Omicron subvariant on the rise across the country as experts expect them to become the dominant strains soon.

Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 have both been detected in Queensland and NSW, with cases increasing in recent months.

On Thursday, authorities from both states issued a warning amid fears the variants could lead to a wave of new Covid cases.

“Covid-19 sublines BA.4 and BA.5 are expected to become the dominant strains in the coming weeks,” NSW Health tweeted.

“This is likely to lead to an increase in infections, even among people who have previously had Covid-19.”

In a similar warning, QLD Chief Health Officer Dr. John Gerrard that the variants would become the main stock within ‘two weeks’.

However, he stressed that intensive care admissions remain low for all virus strains, demonstrating the efficacy of vaccines.

“We must emphasize that all variants of Covid-19 can cause serious illness, especially in vulnerable people,” said Dr Gerrard.

“We strongly advise Queensland residents to keep up to date with their boosters, particularly those over the age of 65 and those with compromised immunity,” he said.

“This virus will continue to mutate, so we all need to stay vigilant and responsive by staying home when you’re sick, washing your hands regularly, keeping distance from others where possible and wearing a face mask if you can’t.”

Queensland registered 4,970 new Covid cases and five deaths overnight, with 512 people hospitalized, including six in ICU.

In NSW, there were 9,203 positive tests, 26 deaths and 1,500 hospitalizations, including 53 people in the ICU.

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