Australia’s Covid surge in four charts - NSW now has one of world’s highest infection rates

by Cait Kelly and Josh Nicholas and Andy Ball

31 December 2021

Over the past week, that story has started to change. Now, cases of Omicron are exploding around the country with the national tally hitting over 21,000 cases on Thursday and New South Wales recording that alone on Friday.

Here are four charts that show the extraordinary turnaround in case numbers:

Within about a couple of weeks, Australia has gone from having one of the lowest rates of new Covid cases per population anywhere in the world to being in the top 20 of countries with a population over 500,000. By the same measure if NSW were a country it would be sitting in the top 10.

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