As daily infections hover around records in Australia, the Omicron peak is approaching
Authorities said on Saturday that daily infections will be nearing record levels for the next few weeks.
Australia has received record casesloads from the Omicron variant, which has reduced the spread of the coronavirus earlier in the epidemic.
This year, there have been more than 1.2 million infections, compared to 200,000 in 2020 and 2021 combined.
"We are not through it yet, and I believe there will be a large number of cases to be diagnosed in Australia over the next few weeks," said Prime Minister Joe Kelly in a news briefing, referring to the Omicron outbreak.
However, some states have "lead me to believe that we are nearing the peak of this wave in terms of cases," he said.
Infections have dropped over the last three days, while the increase in hospitalizations in New South Wales, Australia's most populated state, has decreased significantly.
The majority of states are battling record hospitalizations during the Omicron wave, with authorities reporting that unvaccinated younger people are forming a "significant number" of admissions in Australia.
"We are seeing an epidemic of the unvaccinated in young people, we are seeing that in intensive care admissions," Kelly said.
Australia is among the most heavily vaccinated nations against COVID-19, with more than 92 percent of people above 16 double-dosed, and with a booster drive picking up pace.
Novak Djokovic, a tennis star, was declared eligible for vaccination in the United Kingdom.
Scott Morrison, the prime minister of New York, has been criticized for his handling of the Omicron wave in an election year for the second time for imposing COVID-19 entry restrictions. Djokovic is attempting to sue the federal government of Michigan.