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26 new cases of COVID-19 recorded across state, taking total active cases in Tasmania to 52 | The Examiner



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Tasmania has recorded its largest daily number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, with 26 new coronavirus cases recorded yesterday, taking the total number of active cases to 52. Public Health say most of these cases are likely to be the Omicron strain, and there were no cases in Tasmania from an unknown source. A majority of these cases are from New South Wales and some are from Queensland, South Australia and Queensland. A few of the cases were also close contacts of those who were already in quarantine. One of the active cases in the North West has been hospitalised and this infected person was not sent to hospital because of coronavirus but because of a fall. Public Health director Mark Veitch did not rule out border closures as an option in the future. He said cases will continue to increase. “Up until 8 o’clock last night we had not identified a case that had appeared to come from an unknown source in Tasmania but I will will quite sure in the coming days that we will start to see occasional cases of people who have been infected in Tasmania,” Dr Veitch said. “Be mindful of community risk … reduce the risk of you, if you have an infection, of infecting others.” Meanwhile Premier Peter Gutwein encouraged Tasmanians to purchase rapid antigen testings for at home coronavirus testings.

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