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Australia’s most populous state sets new record for COVID-19 deaths

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The most populous state of Australia, New South Wales, imposed the obligation to report the results of rapid antigen tests on Wednesday, after recording its deadliest day of the pandemic, with 21 deaths.

State Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said residents who fail to register a positive rapid antigen test will face a fine of up to AU $ 1,000 (US $ 721) from next week.

According to Perrottet, the registration process is straightforward and will help health authorities to provide more support to people with underlying health problems.

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The 21 COVID-19 deaths recorded in New South Wales on Wednesday surpassed the previous record of 18, which was set just on Monday. In the state, 34,759 new cases of COVID-19 and 2,242 hospitalized were reported, including 175 patients in intensive care.

Victoria state also saw 21 deaths on Wednesday, along with 40,127 new cases, as the state government announced that 1,000 freshmen health care students and retired nurses would be hired as vaccination staff to meet growing demand for vaccines. reinforcement.

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Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino said the state’s health system is under pressure as some 6,600 workers are off duty after testing positive for coronavirus or having been in contact with a positive case.

New provisions on the pandemic that take effect in Victoria on Wednesday make booster shots mandatory for critical workers in various fields including healthcare, care for the disabled, care for the elderly, emergency services, prisons, hotel quarantine and food distribution.

Food and beverage production, distribution and packaging workers will be able to continue working after coming into contact with a positive case of COVID-19.

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