Despite under reporting known to be a problem, the Department of Health late last week released Ballarat’s latest COVID data.
143 cases were reported locally in the last 7 days, that’s slightly more than 20 per day.
Statewide case numbers dropped by 35%, although sadly 21 Victorian’s lost their lives to the virus each day on average.
Australia is experiencing its fourth wave of the Omicron COVID strain, which has – unlike earlier eaves – broken out into several variants including XBB.1, BQ.1.1 and BR.2.1.
Referred to as a “variant soup” experts believe this breaking up of the Omicron variant could be a good sign, showing that COVID as we know it could be heading towards a slower, more continuous evolution, becoming similar to that of the seasonal flu.