Australia surpasses 10,000 COVID-19 deaths

Australia has surpassed the grim milestone of 10,000 COVID-19 deaths as authorities urge people to remain vigilant against the disease.

The country’s toll from the virus stood at 9,984 on Saturday, ticking past 10,000 with Sunday’s numbers.

NSW reported a further two COVID-19 deaths, while Victoria reported a further 22.

South Australia recorded a further six COVID deaths on Sunday.

Federal Health Minister Mark Butler stressed the importance of booster vaccines, which nearly six million Australians have yet to receive.

“There is pressure on our hospitals with more than 3,000 people hospitalized with COVID today, and we are still seeing about 300 or more deaths from COVID every week,” he said.

“We are not through this virus yet.”

Queensland reported no new COVID deaths on Sunday after the state’s chief health officer, John Gerrard, said on Saturday there was increasing pressure to bring back mask mandates.

State Minister of Health and Ambulance Services, Yvette D’Ath, said on Sunday there was no change to the mask rules.

“I have no recommendations from the Chief Health Officer here in Queensland to do that,” she said.

“But we’re reminding people during this third wave that they can make those decisions (about when to wear masks) for themselves.”

On Australia surpassing 10,000 COVID-19 deaths, Ms D’Ath said people should remind themselves of the ongoing global impact of the virus, with people still dying every day.

“Our health professionals would rather not have to care for people who are seriously ill with COVID, who are in ICU and sadly die from (the disease),” she said.

“There is something we can do to at least ease the burden on our health professionals dealing with these COVID deaths and that is get vaccinated and encourage (others)… to get vaccinated.”

LATEST 24-HOUR COVID-19 DATA:

NSW: 8864 cases, two deaths, 1,657 hospitalized with 43 in ICU

Victoria: 8368 cases, 22 deaths, 476 hospitalized with 20 in ICU

Tasmania: 1,062 cases, no deaths, 53 hospitalized with three in ICU

Qld: 3971 cases, no deaths, 630 in hospital with 18 in ICU

WA: 4390 cases, no deaths, 223 hospitalized with nine in ICU

SA: 2413 cases, six deaths, 226 in hospital with eight in ICU

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