The Australians have been urged to work from home and wear masks indoors as the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 nears record levels.
The country is in the midst of a third wave of coronavirus, driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants, and earlier this month broadened access to second booster shots to deal with the surge in cases.
Some 5,239 Australians are currently in hospital with COVID-19, just short of the record 5,390 recorded in January.
“We need to do some things differently at least for a short period of time,” Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly told ABC Radio on Wednesday, as he predicted the number of people admitted to hospital will soon hit an all-time high.
“We know that working from home is a very key component of stopping what we call macro spreading.”
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