Australia has recorded more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases in the past week, as parts of the country begin to see a plateau.
Cases are now being recorded weekly, with the latest data released on December 2 stating 100,419 cases were confirmed nationally.
The data shows cases have been climbing since early October, with official modelling predicting NSW and Victoria will reach their peak around early December.
NSW recorded the highest amount of cases this week – 37,796 compared to the 31,531 it reported last week. The state has reported 32 more Covid-related deaths during the recording period.
There are 1481 people still being treated in hospital with Covid, while 38 people with Covid are in intensive care.
Meanwhile, Victoria has reported 26,971 new cases in the last seven days, up from 22,281 last week.
The state’s seven-day rolling average for hospitalisations was 550, while 21 cases were admitted to intensive care.
There were also 54 deaths reported in the past seven days, down from 68 recorded the week before.
South Australia recorded a slight increase with 9684 new cases of Covid, up from 9000 last week.
Chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said cases were beginning to plateau but wouldn’t specify when a peak would be reached.
“We are getting towards the peak,” Prof Spurrier said.
“Until we see those case numbers come down, I can’t officially tell you we’re at the peak, but we’re certainly at that top end plateau.
“We are very hopeful that we will be on the other side of that wave well before Christmas, so we can all enjoy a healthy Christmas.”
The state has reported 12 deaths in the past week.
There are 128 patients in hospital with Covid, including eight in intensive care.
Meanwhile, Queensland’s cases rose from 10,082 to 11,217 new cases in one week, with the state recording 15 deaths during the latest reporting period.
The Northern Territory recorded another big spike, with 750 new cases reported in the past week, up from 329 the previous week.
There are 25 people in hospital in the Top End, which is 10 more than last week.
The Territory also recorded two new deaths.
The ACT has reported 2,239 new cases this week, up from 1,757 last week.
The Territory has 33 active cases in hospital and sadly one death was reported this week.
As of November 30, there were 320 people in hospital with the virus, while eight people remain in intensive care.
Western Australia has reported 11,762 new cases, up from 10,520 last week.
The state said there were 185 people with Covid-19 in hospital, including four in intensive care, as of 4pm on December 1.
Western Australian authorities announced during the week there had been 14 deaths dating back to November 19.
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