There were 347 people in NSW hospitals, up from 302 the day before, and 45 in intensive care units, up from 40.
Victoria state also saw a sharp increase, reporting 2,005 new infections on Thursday.
Morrison called a Cabinet meeting with leaders of Australian states and territories on Wednesday, but ruled out closures.
MONTREAL – The premier of Quebec has said that starting Boxing Day, gatherings inside homes will be limited to six people or two family bubbles.
Restaurants are already operating at half capacity and are due to close at 10 p.m., and on December 26, they will also have to limit table groups to six people or two families.
Prime Minister François Legault has said that the “exponential” increase in coronavirus infections over the past week continues. He says Quebec will report about 9,000 new cases by Wednesday.
Earlier this week, the French-speaking Canadian province brutally closed bars, gyms and schools and warned that new restrictions could arrive pending projections on the spread of the virus and its impact on hospitalizations.
WASHINGTON – U.S. health regulators on Wednesday cleared the first pill against COVID-19, and President Joe Biden said it was a “significant step forward” on the road to exiting the pandemic.