The number of COVID-19 infections is rising sharply with 3,763 cases and two deaths in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm.
It’s the highest number of daily COVID-19 infections ever recorded in Australia.
Hospitalisations for COVID have risen to 302, with 40 COVID patients being treated in ICU.
Long lines have formed at COVID testing clinics across Sydney.
Testing clinics are being overwhelmed as thousands of travellers try to secure a negative test before heading interstate or overseas for Christmas.
The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said GPs and pharmacists will be paid more to help relieve delays with the booster shot.
Mr Morrison will also use today’s National Cabinet meeting to urge the states to reactivate their vaccination hubs to speed-up the booster rollout.
156,000 boosters were administered yesterday.
Mr Morrison and Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly are playing down Doherty Institute modelling, showing up to 200,00 daily COVID-19 cases are possible in the absence of tighter restrictions.
They say it’s a worst case scenario.
US President Joe Biden has unveiled plans to tackle the Omicron variant.
500,000 free rapid antigen tests will be given to households and the military is being sent in to help hospitals.
Police released security and dashcam footage they hope could help solve a murder in Sydney’s South.
A 29-year-old man was gunned down in a Hurstville carpark last January.
Detectives are investigating if the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.
Ausgrid hopes to restore power today to the remaining 900 homes still blacked out on the Northern Beaches after last Sunday’s storm.
Electricity has been restored to more than 30,000 properties since the mini-cyclone ripped through.
At least 17 people have died and 60,000 displaced by flooding in Malaysia.
Entire towns and villages have been partially submerged.
Thousands of emergency workers have been deployed to help the relief operation after Typhoon Rai devastated parts of the Philippines last Thursday.
At least 375 people are now known to have died.
The Red Cross said there is “carnage” in many areas, with no power, no communications and very little water.
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