Australia’s Daily Covid Cases Surpass 100,000 for First Time

By BLOOMBERG

Australia reported more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases for the first time in a single day, as home test results were included and some restrictions were reintroduced to ease pressure on a health system stressed by the fast-spreading omicron variant.

Victoria state reported 51,356 cases on Saturday, more than double the day before, as it started counting results from rapid tests for the first time. Some 26,428 of the positive results came from the newly admitted tests, which were taken over the past week, according to Health Minister Martin Foley.

In New South Wales, cases climbed to 45,098, with 1,795 people hospitalized. The states recorded nine deaths each. Australia recorded 116,024 cases Saturday with one jurisdiction yet to report.

The surge comes as states including Victoria and New South Wales moved to suspend non-urgent surgeries and implemented new limitations on socializing to try to manage the pressure on hospitals.