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COVID-19 ICU admissions fall, Australia records another 74 deaths

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There were 35 deaths reported in Victoria, with the state recording 1,089 hospitalisations and 113 patients in ICU.

There were 119 in intensive care and 1,057 in hospital on Tuesday.

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Queensland recorded nine deaths, and a drop in hospitalisations from 928 to 889 and a fall in ICU numbers from 51 to 47.

Case numbers in NSW were 21,030, 13,551 in Queensland, and 13,507 in Victoria.

Tasmania reported one death, 712 new cases, and said 28 people were in hospital with COVID-19 and two in intensive care, down from 35 and three respectively, and the ACT recorded 896 cases, and said 67 people were in hospital and five in intensive care.

‘People should be careful’

Meanwhile, a leading health expert has warned of the potential spread of the virulent Omicron COVID-19 strain during Australia Day events as large crowds gather for protest or celebration.

Chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and former health department head Jane Halton said the closer people pack together, the more likely the virus will spread.

“We know it’s highly infectious and the closer everyone gets together, the more the likelihood you’ll be close to someone who’s got COVID and therefore the greater the likelihood you’ll contract it,” she told the Nine Network on Wednesday.

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“People should be careful. What we don’t want to see is a big increase in cases.”

With AAP.

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