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    Queensland records 10 COVID-19 related deaths and rise in cases

    NSW has recorded 19,060 new cases in the past 24 hours.

    This is a slight drop in case numbers from yesterday’s 20,050 infections.

    The state recorded 1090 people in hospital with the virus and 29 admitted to ICU.

    There were 1060 people in hospital yesterday and 32 ICU admissions.

    Queensland has recorded 7120 new COVID-19 cases overnight.

    The state also reported 10 deaths.

    There are 235 people in hospital with the virus and 18 people in ICU.

    Today’s case numbers have slightly risen in comparison to yesterday’s 6103, but hospitalisations have dropped.

    Victoria has recorded 7847 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

    There were also two deaths.

    This is a drop from yesterday’s 9036 infections.

    There are 210 people in hospital with the virus and 23 people in ICU.

    This number has risen from yesterday’s 199 hospitalisations and 23 ICU admissions.

    Concerns over another wave of COVID-19 in coming months

    Authorities are warning of yet another wave of COVID-19 cases in the autumn months due to the emergence of the BA.2 Omicron variant.

    Infectious disease modeller Professor Nick Golding said it’s hoped the next wave will be “half” the size of previous waves.

    “Hopefully not as big as the previous spike,” he said.

    “We think the infections from BA.1 Omicron protect you against BA.2.

    “Which means it’s not going to get to a huge peak like the last.”

    “Hopefully smaller, maybe half as small.”

    Infectious disease modeller Professor Nick Golding says another wave of Omicron is imminent. (9News)

    It comes as health workers are hitting the streets in Perth today to conduct COVID-19 testing to understand the transmission of the virus in the community.

    “We want to know how much COVID-19 there is in Perth we’re not finding,” Professor Golding said.

    “We know there are asymptomatic cases.”

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: A COVID-19 testing clinic sign at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on January 21, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. NSW has recorded 46 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the deadliest day in the state since the start of the pandemic. NSW also recorded 25,168 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hour reporting period. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

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    Professor Golding called the testing a “research project” to understand community transmission and predict the next wave of the virus.

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