COVID-19 cases have spiked in New South Wales as workers continue to return to the office.
The removal of most COVID-19 restrictions in the state has seen numbers steadily climb this week, from 8782 daily cases on Sunday, to 16,288 today.
However, today just four deaths were recorded, compared to nine yesterday, and hospitalisations are also down.
There are 991 COVID-19 patients in hospital – down from more than 1000 at the start of the week, and 39 in intensive care.
Numbers are still far below the peak of the Omicron wave earlier this year.
The increase in cases has been steadier in Victoria, but numbers are rising there too.
The state recorded 7779 new COVID-19 cases today, up from 5046 on Sunday after several daily increases.
Eight further deaths were recorded today.
Like NSW, Victoria’s hospitalisations are falling, with 188 patients currently, compared to 219 on Sunday.