Australia records the deadliest day of the epidemic, with 80 deaths

Australia records the deadliest day of the epidemic, with 80 deaths

Australia reports pandemic deadliest day with 80 coronavirus deaths as omicron variant outbreak continues to take its toll

The previous record of 78 deaths was set on Tuesday. There have been just under 3,000 coronavirus deaths in Australia since the start of the pandemic.

New South Wales, home to Sydney, has recorded a record 46 deaths. They included an infant who died of COVID-19 in December, one of several historical cases investigated.

The news came after Western Australia’s prime minister, Mark McGowan, backtracked on his promise to reopen the state to the rest of the country on February 2. 5.

During a press conference Thursday, McGowan said reopening the state as planned would be “reckless and irresponsible” given the large number of COVID-19 cases in other states. No new date has been set for when the state can ease border closures.

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