Experts urge New Year’s caution as Australian Covid-19 cases soar

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Australian experts urged caution ahead of the long New Year’s weekend as New South Wales on Friday reported more than 21,000 new coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period, marking a new record. Six new deaths were also announced on Friday. A total of 763 people are hospitalized with the virus in NSW, including 69 in intensive care, 19 of whom require ventilation. “If you have the most minimal of symptoms I’m asking you to please stay home, isolate and get a test,” Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant urged on Friday. She said it is likely that case numbers are higher than those reported as the…

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