Alarming figure in Victoria’s Covid outbreak reveals state faces worse crisis than NSW

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Today will be the last day of NSW’s daily press conferences, while a worrying statistic about the growth of the current outbreak in Victoria has been revealed.

Queenslanders are also on tenterhooks about whether their state will be shut down after five new local cases were recorded yesterday, while NSW faced its worst day on Saturday with 1599 cases and eight deaths, while Victoria recorded 450.

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An epidemiologist has outlined a worrying trend which shows the Victorian Covid outbreak is actually growing faster than NSW’s.

While infections are lower in Victoria compared to NSW at the same stage of the pandemic, the southern state reached a three-day rolling average of 369 cases on September 11 – the 62nd day since the first case in the community.

NSW recorded its 62nd day on August 16 with a three-day rolling average of 427 daily cases.

Sydney always took a more of a nutcracker approach, but that didn’t work when it came to Delta,” epidemiologist Professor Catherine Bennett said.

“We (Victoria) came in with a sledgehammer, but that still didn’t work. There’s probably not as much difference between, in terms of effectiveness, the sledgehammer, and the nutcracker – I think it was a bit of a distraction for all of us.

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